Step 3 - Take the Courses

  The goals of the courses, regardless of the certifying agency, is to give the student the skills and the knowledge necessary to partake in SCUBA activities with confidence.

The classes will likely involve:
  • Lectures & Reviews
  • Presentations on SCUBA gear: what it's for and how to use it
  • Skills & Drills (typically in a pool)

While you will learn some things about the physics and physiology of diving most what you'll learn is:

  1. Common sense
  2. How to avoid getting into extraordinary situations
  3. What actions to take in the event of an extraordinary situation.

There's a lot of overlap in the first two categories.

All done with the courses?  Then it's time for Step 4.