I can’t say I am a hardcore diver but I have always wanted to learn how to dive. It actually took me 10 years to put my heart to it and I have gotten my Open Water License. Yay! More about it in our future post. One thing when I talk enthusiastically about diving to non-divers, they either have a nonchalant look or a look of terror. I guess not everyone is as charmed as me when it comes to the underwater world.
If you are a non-diver but yet too afraid to committed yourself to a course, there are ways to counter that fear. A lot of folks mistaken that you can only dive when you have a license. Not really true. You can actually experience diving in 3 different ways before you decided it is the sport that you want to invest your time, money and effort in.
Diving in a Pool
You actually can request for a school to allow you to do tryouts in a swimming pool. Depending on different schools, they might allow do so if they own their own swimming pool for a fee. This is actually one of the most comfortable ways to try out scuba diving if you have a phobia but yet still want to give it a try.
Diving in an Aquarium
A lot of city aquariums allow diving in their aquarium together with their instructor. Usually comes in a package, inclusive of full equipment and full guidance from an instructor swimming next to you for 10 to 20 minutes. The exciting and amazing part is that you will see more type of marine life rather than in the sea in that short amount of time. It is here you can also opt for diving with the sharks, which I did when I went for diving at Bangkok Sealife Ocean World at Siam Paragon. Instead of a group diving session, it is more like a 20minutes with one to one with the instructor. So I felt really safe when I swam underneath the belly of a shark.
For more information: http://www.sealifebangkok.com/en/experience
Diving in a Scuba Bubble Maker Course
Every diving school has a scuba bubble marker course where it is like an introductory course leading to the Open Water Course. You get individual attention from your instructor and he or she will be at your side at all times underwater. This is the closest you can get to scuba diving without taking a course. Unlike the below two options that is in a manmade controlled environment, you are diving in the sea, nearer to the shore.
If you want to do it, there are really no reasons not to try it out at any options given above. And if you get bitten by the scuba diving bug like me, you definitely should go and get your Open Water License so that you can explore more of the unknown mysterious sea below.
Kally is a former Sales and Customer Service manager turned Writer and Founder of MiddleMe.net. She came from Singapore; lived in Shanghai and now calls Kuala Lumpur her home. After hanging up her corporate briefcase, she now pursue her passions – Writing, Traveling and of course, hunting for good food
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