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Diving - How to start diving? - first steps

Diving is an incredible adventure. The fact that it is, can be seen not only by those who actively immerse themselves in the water with more or less frequency, but also by those for whom it is a sport known from the Discovery or National Geographic nature channels. The mere thought of being able to
Published: May 31, 2011 - 13:31
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 07:28
Diving – How to start diving? – first steps

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Diving is an incredible adventure. The fact that it is, can be seen not only by those who actively immerse themselves in the water with more or less frequency, but also by those for whom it is a sport known from the Discovery or National Geographic nature channels.

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The mere thought of being able to breathe freely and move effortlessly underwater, exploring the nooks and crannies of lakes, seas and all other bodies of water, makes many people’s faces flush. I think it won’t be a misrepresentation if I say that for 99% of people (those who haven’t had the opportunity to dive of course) going underwater and diving in full equipment is perceived as an amazing, distant and fantastic experience like Stanisław Lem’s prose.

advanced_nurse_technicalEveryone would like to try to make their dream come true, but not everyone knows how to take those first and most difficult steps. Many people also perceive diving as something very expensive and accessible only to a few, others are simply afraid. Regardless of what stopped us from taking the right steps, which would lead us to a happy ending in the water, in the following text, we will try to dispel all these doubts.

If we are already determined that it is high time to return to the place where all life on our planet began, we should take the following steps:

First, let’s get interested in what the situation on the diving market looks like in our city. Throughout Poland, there are countless diving centres, clubs, as well as instructors, who can take care of training us. Of course, the larger the city, the more choices, and what should we follow to make the right one?

We should start our search on the Internet. Every serious company has its own website on the web. We can find there a lot of useful information, such as the cost of the course, how long the training lasts and where it takes place, what is included in the course price and what we should buy separately. In addition to this information, many diving schools have their own calendars, in which they have the dates of individual training. You can see a summary of the constantly growing offer of diving centres in our calendar.

If we have already selected potential places where we would like to start our course, we should now check the opinion about the school and its instructors. Often we will find this type of information if we look around the local portals. If we have the opportunity, it is worth asking friends who dive, and even friends of our friends, etc. I assure you that it may turn out that there are quite a lot of people diving in your area. Having already some picture in your head, we should make the first contact.

basic diving trainingThe best thing to do is to call the place of your choice and ask for an overview of the training offer. The impression our interlocutor will make on us will already give us a certain picture of the whole. Schools, which in our opinion are the best, we should visit personally and most likely this visit will decide on our choice.

It may also happen, that being on holiday in warm countries, we will find an opportunity to do a course or a trial dive, so called intro, consisting of going down with an instructor “by the hand” and swimming around the area. I would not recommend a course abroad to all those who want to dive in Poland later. The difference in the prevailing conditions is so colossal, that many divers do not cope with this jump, and it happens that instructors who spent their entire career abroad, visiting Polish diving sites have considerable problems. On the other hand, a diver well trained in more difficult conditions, such as we have in the country, will cope well wherever he is. As far as the intro is concerned, I encourage you to take advantage of such a possibility. It is not expensive, and it will certainly be a nice memory and a strong incentive to continue on this path.

To sum up, if we have made a survey of the market, studied the offers available and decided which one suits us best, there is nothing left to do but to sign up for a course and embark on a new life adventure!

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Tomasz Andrukajtis
Editor-in-chief of the DIVERS24 portal and magazine. Responsible for obtaining, translating and developing content. He also supervises all publications. Achived his first diving certification – P1 CMAS, in 2000. Has a degree in journalism and social communication. In the diving industry since 2008.
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