To plunge into the underwater world with your head, of course, you must undergo at least a minimum course. But getting an idea of what it is can be much easier. Diving into the underwater reality without a course of study is called “introdive” (literally – “introductory diving”). A beginner tourist will be shown a training film at the diving center, read a briefing, put on a wetsuit, give them a chance to try to dive in the pool, and, finally, they will spend (perhaps even by the hand) along a simple route. The whole procedure takes about three hours and costs about 50 USD. After such a test dive, few people refuse to continue exploring the wonders of the underwater world and go to the nearest club upon arrival home. And some even become avid “introdivers.”
For “amateur” diving on vacation it is not at all necessary to have your own equipment: cylinders, a regulator, a buoyancy compensator, a compass – all this stuff can be rented at any diving center. In the same place will pick up a suit, mask and flippers of the desired size. Experienced divers (again – a clear parallel with alpine skiing), as a rule, carry with them their equipment, selected in accordance with their individual preferences (of course, with the exception of cylinders – they are rented on site).
Where to go to study?
Diving training is conducted on one of the international systems. In general, there are a great many of them in the world, but the only thing worth remembering is especially popular: PADI, CMAS and NAUI (abbreviations TDI and IANTD refer to the depths of technical diving, their true meaning is learned in the learning process).
CMAS – World Confederation of Underwater Activities. This is the oldest system created by the founder of diving, Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
PADI – Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Today, this American organization is perhaps the most popular and successful from a commercial point of view.
NAUI – National Association of Underwater Instructors. It can be called an analogue of PADI, but with less emphasis on commerce.
Certificates of these three systems are recognized by any diving center in any country of the world. Training can be taken in almost any diving club, the cost of the first course is about 200 USD. And you can learn both in Russia and directly at the place of rest. The last option, however, is less convenient – there is a problem of the language barrier, in addition, the tourist has to spend his vacation time studying the theory. The following combination is a good training option: the study of the theory and compulsory practical exercises in the pool are held in Cousteau’s hometown of the future – a special card issued by an instructor will confirm this. But completing the initial course of immersion in the “open water” is much more pleasant to do in clear, boiling sea waters, where the cadet has the opportunity to see under the water anything else besides an instructor and start enjoying the underwater world already in the process of study.
In principle, diving training can be continued almost indefinitely – each completed course will move the peaceful diver to the next step in the diving “Table of Ranks”. But if you do not set a goal to grow up to an instructor, then in order to be quite comfortable in diving, the first two courses are enough. In addition to them, you can go through several specializations and become an underwater hunter, photographer, naturalist, ice diver, night diver, diver specializing in shipwrecks, caves, underwater orienteering … In general, everyone will find something of their own. Those who want to completely distance themselves from the shallow water “hydrochairs” master technical diving – diving to great depths with special breathing mixtures instead of normal air.