Become one of the fish! Scuba diving is a unique and exhilarating sport, and is one of the few experiences that allows the participant to enjoy a feeling of complete weightlessness.
Why not try scuba diving!? No prior experience is necessary to enjoy a resort scuba dive. Resort scuba dives are dives for people who have not completed a scuba diving qualification, but who want to explore the magic of the underwater world with scuba. As long as you meet the pre-requisites necessary for trying a resort scuba dive, you will recieve an informative safety talk designed to familarise you with the necessities for scuba diving. Little training is required and the end result is usually an underwater tour given under the close supervision of a qualified resort scuba dive Instructor.
There are two main pre-requisites required if you wish to partake in a resort scuba dive. Firstly, you must be medically fit to scuba dive, and secondly you must be old enough.
Whether you are medically fit for a scuba dive depends on whether you have any pre-existing medical condition, whether you are currently unwell (eg have a cold etc) or whether you are taking any medication. There are some mandatory ‘no-dive’ medical conditions such as ashma, epilepsy, prior heart or lung conditions etc. If you are unsure about a current or previous medical condition, you must get a medical certificate from a qualified diving doctor that confirms you are fit to scuba dive. Some medications may also prevent you from participating in scuba diving activities, and clearance must be given before diving on medication. Diving with medication that should not be taken under pressure, or diving with a condition contrary to safe diving might put your health at risk.
Most places in the world have age limits for those wishing to try a resort scuba dive. The mimimum age in most places is 10 years, although in some places with higher diving standards – such as Australia – the minimum age is 12 years.
Where to Resort Scuba Dive
Almost any holiday destination in the world that has a coastline offers some sort of recreational diving activities. In your local area there are probably scuba dive clubs ready to welcome new members, and many offer ‘try scuba’ resort dive seesions in a swimming pool, allowing those new to the sport the opportunity to try scuba diving before venturing into the ocean.
Popular resort scuba dive destinations are those with warm, clear, calm waters and are often found in tropical locations where visibility is good and marine life is vibrant. By far the most popular place for those wishing to try a resort scuba dive, is Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. The Great Barrier Reef is the worlds scuba diving epicenter and caters to all levels of divers. Being a number one world tourism destination, many people choose the Great Barrier Reef to try their first resort scuba dive. The city of ‘Cairns’ in Australia’s Tropical North Queensland is a popular place for resort scuba divers, as some of the most pristine and beautiful coral reefs are found only a short boatride offshore, and the city itself holds many local attractions.