Questions about scuba diving?

Questions about scuba diving?
I’d like to learn to scuba dive and am considering taking PADI lessons (think that’s what they are called lol…). Only thing is, while I can swim fine (I took lessons), I cannot dive or hold my breath for very long underwater.

I understand you don’t need to hold your breath training to scuba dive (right?), but will I be asked to dive into the water? Especially during the confined area practices like in pools?

Thank you…

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Answer by Mike
you should never hold your breath while scuba diving. if the regulator isnt in your mouth then always blow bubbles. he will probably ask you to remove your regulator to learn how to buddy breathe, and to learn safety techniques n stuff. no diving required

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3 Responses to “Questions about scuba diving?”

  • Archer says:

    You will not be required to “dive” in SCUBA Diving. You will do a Giant Stride entry and possibly even a rolling entry depending on where you do your open water work at. It is correct that you will be taught “NEVER” to hold your breath while using SCUBA. Lung expansion injury is hard to treat but the easiest thing to avoid. In SCUBA you breath constantly even when the regulator is not in your mouth. You will be taught and informed why this is important by your instructor.
    Understand that you will not use the same swimming skills under the water as you will at the surface. We use a modified flutter kick with fins.

  • tjs282 says:

    Archer’s answered your question, but (before MovieBuff gets his oar in!) I would also point out that ‘PADI’ is not a generic word for SCUBA training, it is only one certification agency (albeit the one with the largest global market share) among many offering SCUBA training. You may also find shops offering instruction and certification (NB these are NOT the same thing!) through NAUI, SSI, SDI/TDI, ANDI, BSAC (in the UK and overseas territories), SSAC (in Scotland), and many others.

    Anyone offering SCUBA training through any recognised agency will be able to teach you to dive, and certify you as a diver once you have successfully completed all course objectives. The entry-level courses offered by nearly all agencies are fairly indistinguishable in terms of dive skills and theory taught, and in-water time (no. and depth of training/qualifying dives). After all, we all go diving in the same ocean.

    What makes the difference between a ‘good’ course and a ‘bad’ one (i.e. whether students are competent to dive independently from their instructor at the end of the course, or not) is the instructor’s attitude to diving and teaching. Look for an instructor who is genuinely enthusiastic about what they do, who treats you as a person rather than a course fee, who will follow the teaching standards set by their agency, and who will allow you the time you need to master those skills, and you will get a good course.

    All the best.

  • DeepDiver says:

    Those tanks are pretty awkward on land. You usually take a big step off of a dive boat to get in, or roll in backwards, sometimes you wak in the surf backwards with you fins on. No diving though. Don’t worry, millions have gone before you. It is a fun experience and you will go fine!

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