AS YOU LIKELY KNOW, SCUBA IS NOT AS SIMPLE AS JUST GETTING INTO THE WATER AND GIVING IT A GO. THERE’S A CERTAIN AMOUNT OF GEAR INVOLVED, AND TECHNICAL KNOW-HOW AS WELL.

And that gear and training costs money — hard-earned Rands that you might not want to commit without being a more certain that you are going to like being underwater. Some people worry about freaking out or feeling claustrophobic.

THAT’S WHERE A DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING SESSION COMES INTO IT

Here’s what’s involved:

  • The session is run by a qualified instructor
  • All gear is provided — wetsuit, booties, fins, mask, regulator, buoyancy compensation device
  • You’re fully briefed on what’s going to happen
  • You’ll be taught basic skills to make you feel comfortable and confident
  • You go down in a small group (maximum 4 people) in a controlled environment (such as a tidal pool)
  • You practice some skills underwater

And if you love it and come up smiling, that’s your cue to do your Open Water Diver training — the first (and most widely-held) scuba diving certification.

More about Open Water Diver training in our next post…