Which Scuba Diving Course should I take?
Posted on Apr 13, 2022 by heike
Adventure and Fun with friends! This is one reason why so many people decide to learn scuba diving or continue their education during their holiday in Thailand. But where to start and which would be your next level of training?
Entry level courses introduce you to the underwater environment and how to comfortably adapt to the newfound surroundings, how to use the unfamiliar equipment and above all else – how to dive safely and relax.
On successful completion the newly certified divers are qualified to dive unaccompanied by a diving professional, in the same conditions and to the maximum depth experienced during training. However, you have the choice of joining any number of daily scuba diving trips or even liveaboard trips with the option of dives being led by trained diving professionals, without any additional charge as these kinds of services are included in our packages. Taking more guided trips will also build up your confidence and familiarity for new divers. Plus, if you do not have a dive buddy, one will be provided for you. So now you have learnt to dive in warm and inviting waters, are seeing things you once could only dream of and are rapidly making new friends – not a bad start really. It is no wonder scuba diving is so popular!
The next step is to fine-tune those skills already learned and be introduced to new once. Advanced diving courses are great underwater adventures. Even though the term ‘advanced’ may imply they are demanding and stressful – they are quite the opposite.
Safety and fun are high on the agenda and the results are extremely rewarding. There is a stream of specialty courses that open the chance to take the knowledge learned during advanced training to an even more in-depth level. Thailand’s tropical waters make courses extremely attractive; for example, the warm water is more appealing to deep and night diving enthusiasts; the water has been exposed to high levels of warming sunlight during the day, thus reducing the likelihood of uncomfortable chilly encounters.
The generally high-water clarity opens splendid vistas of colorful reefs and curious inhabitants, making ideal subject matter for underwater photographers and videographers two more popular choices of specialty dive courses on offer.
With such enjoyment you may wish to increase your safety levels and obtain the qualification of ‘Enriched Air Divers’. After all, divers are not likely to be cut short or be few and far between due to cold conditions! The list of specialty topics is endless; there are even special courses that have been individually written to suit the very surrounding.
Next on the list are rescue courses, which should seriously be mandatory for every diver. Course topics covered include self-rescue, problem management and how to help divers in stressful situations and better still how to avoid them in the first place.
As any scuba diver will know, you never dive without a buddy! But are you both capable of looking after each other? If not, then learn! The rescue diver certification requires CPR and First Aid training, which is also available alongside the course. In a nutshell, what you learn is all you need to know in order to look after yourself and others, both under that water and on the surface during everyday life.
The highest level of recreational diver certification is ‘Master Scuba Diver’ or equivalent. To achieve this rating, or status you need to complete all the above courses and be certified in a predetermined number of different specialties, as well as have completed a designed number of dives.
Want to learn more about Scuba Diving Courses please visit Scuba Diving Courses packages or read, ‘Why is Thailand the perfect place to learn scuba Diving’ ?