Why You Should Learn to Scuba Dive in Northern Virginia
OK, you have decided to learn to scuba dive. Great decision, it will be one of the most exciting things that you have ever done. But now the question is where do you learn to scuba dive? You can learn to dive locally, here in Northern Virginia. You can learn to scuba dive while on vacation in the Caribbean or you can do the class and pool here and the open water dives while on vacation. Which is the best for you?
Many of us decide to learn to scuba dive because we have a vacation scheduled at some exotic tropical location, and the thought of scuba diving there is irresistible. Learning to scuba dive involves taking the Open Water Dive Course, which is the entry level full certification. This course has two parts: the Class & Pool, where you really learn the skills and theory. And the Open Water Dives, where you cement those skills and get to practice them in an actual diving environment. This course is offered locally at your Dive Center in Northern Virginia, it is also offered at many resorts throughout the world. Which to choose?
Take the Open Water Class & Pool Locally in Northern Virginia
Many prospective scuba divers decide to take the class and pool sessions locally and then complete the dives while on vacation. This is a very viable option. Taking the class & pool locally means that you do not waste valuable vacation time sitting in a classroom or practicing in the pool. You do this at home well prior to your trip, at your local Dive Center in Northern Virginia. In addition by completing the Open Water Course class and pool at home well prior to your vacation you have extra time to work on things should problems arise. like getting a cold or just needing extra practice time to perfect those skills. Locally you are not rushed like you are while on a vacation with limited time available. Your local PADI 5 Star Instructor Development Dive Center, like Aquatic Adventures has the PADI Open Water Course scheduled on a regular basis and can easily provide one that fits your busy schedule. Taking your Scuba Classes Northern Virginia also give you the advantage of selecting just the right Dive Center for you. If you wait until you are on vacation you are limited to what is offered at your resort and the schedule may not fit your needs.
Lastly, and just as important when your start your Open Water Course locally you will select various items of personal scuba diving equipment, like your scuba mask, snorkel and scuba fins. Selecting these at your local PADI Dive Center in Northern Virginia means that you have a far greater selection then at a dive resort and down the line should you need service your local PADI Dive Center can provide that for you. Your resort is not readily accessible and cannot match the service of your local PADI Dive Center.
Once you finish your Open Water Class & Pool your local Dive Center will provide you with a Letter of Referral allowing you to complete your Open Water Dives at any PADI Dive Center or PADI Resort around the world within 12 months.
Take the entire Open Water Course in Northern Virginia
While taking the entire Open Water Course in Northern Virginia does not sound as exotic as learning to dive in the Caribbean there are many practical advantages to learning to dive in Northern Virginia. We have already looked at the advantages of taking the Open Water Course class & pool locally now lets look at why we would want to complete the Open Water Course dives locally.
When you complete your Open Water Course dives while on vacation, granted the dive sites are often nicer but you are spending much of your vacation time doing skills rather then exploring the reef. When you complete your Open Water Course dives locally your are already certified when you go on vacation and can spend all of your dive time exploring and enjoying the reefs.
A second advantage to taking your entire PADI Open Water Course in Northern Virginia is that when you do your dives you are completing them with the same Instructors that you had in the class & pool, so they know you and your strengths and weaknesses and you know them so you will be more comfortable during your dives. In addition Scuba Diving in Northern Virginia involves using scuba diving wetsuits and learning better buoyancy skills then in the warm water locations of the Caribbean.
Scuba Lessons in Northern Virginia
Scuba Lessons and Scuba Diving Training involve more then just learning to scuba dive. Many scuba divers who are already certified will take Scuba Continuing Education Courses prior to their planned vacation. A good example is the PADI Enriched Air – Nitrox course. Diving with enriched air allows the diver longer bottom times – that is more time to enjoy exploring the reef.
Regardless of which option you choose the important thing is to get out and learn to scuba dive. Then you are ready for your next great Aquatic Adventures.