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Scuba diving is a funny thing: No, you don’t have to be legally certified (no government agency is going to arrest you for diving without certification), but no dive shop will let you sign up for a dive, rent equipment, or get air fills without a certification card. The diving industry is pretty self regulating like that.
A “Discover Scuba” course sounds perfect for you! Basically, they will take you on a short dive, after a pool session and some brief classroom work. It’s a fantastic opportunity to see if scuba diving is for you, before you shell out the $500 for the certification course.
Another option might be PADI’s Scuba Diver course. It’s a shortened form of the standard Openwater certification course, and is designed for divers who intend to dive only occasionally on vacation. It allows you to dive only under the direct supervison of an instructor and only to fairly shallow depths. This course tends to be cheaper than full certification, and takes less time, too.
Hope this helps!
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I don’t know anything about a “Sonic Shark Repellent”.
However, when you are diving in the Keys you should pay special attention to “current” and “wildlife”.
Ocean currents can behave erratically when you are diving, especially around certain reefs. Just keep your “bearings” straight and you will be fine.
DO NOT “handle” the wildlife. At some reef’s the fish and “wildlife” will be quite “friendly”. BE CAREFUL! Unless your qualified diving partner says its “OK” use the “LOOK BUT DON’T TOUCH” principle.( I don’t want you to lose a hand or finger.)
DO NOT touch the reef it-self. It is “un-cool”( and even illegal on some reef’s), to “take a souvenir”. Be happy with the experience of “the dive”. Years ago my brother made the wrong decision to take some “cool looking red coral” as a souvenir. He wasn’t wearing gloves. His hands swelled up like a balloon. Apparently, it was “Fire Coral”,( that’s what our guide told us later).
Just make sure ,when you are in the water, to be aware of your surroundings; don’t wear “flashy” watches or jewelry, and LISTEN TO YOUR GUIDE.
Obviously, you will want to wear appropriate “gear”. And you should ALWAYS wear “booties” or “wet-shoes” when swimming,(coral can “eat” your feet up! Besides, you don’t want to “kick-up” a Ray!)
You are going to have a blast! WISH I was going! Good Luck!
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Scuba is a very rewarding career choice in many ways.
1. The amount made depends on several factors; what type of diving being done, amount of training required to complete the job and amount of local competition. If you work in a retail dive shop and can function in the many roles expect to make 30,000 – 50,000 per year. If you do salvage work the going rate in my area (Texas) is 200.00 to show up and for 1 hour after that 150.00 an hour to complete. There are commercial divers that work on oil rigs and other underwater sites that make well over 100,00 per year.
2. things divers can do; teach , guide tourists, inspect dams and underwater structures, research and science, exploration and documentaries, photography, video and much more.
3. A basic complete set of scuba gear might run anywhere from 1500.00 to over 3000.00.
4. If your goal is to be a scuba instructor or guide I would recommend following the PADI program starting with Open Water and follow thru Master Scuba Diver Trainer to ensure the best chance at success and potential money earnings. If you are interested in commercial diving there are several excellent trade schools to learn the business of commercial diving.
5. Your education could be as short as 1 year or more likely several years. I personally consider myself as always learning and taking classes to stay up to date with the latest trends.
Try to pick up as much education as you can now. Some things that might be useful later on include; good understanding of science and physics, multiple languages is a huge plus learn spanish along with any other languages spoken in the region you might want to live. Having knowledge of engine repair can really come in handy and make the difference when competing for a job. Spend time on boats and lean how to handle them as well as the rules for water craft. Log the time you spend on boats in case you decide to get a captain’s license.
Good luck with your pursuit of a diving career.
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Pennecamp park in the Florida keys is gerogeous. Been there before plenty of times. Lotsa fishies and reefs. Was nice, clear water when I went there last. : ) I havent been scuba diving for awhile as well. Floridia’s the best place for it.
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