What is it?
Scuba diving involves swimming underwater using a Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus (SCUBA). Using a cylinder of compressed air to breathe, scuba divers can stay underwater much longer than would be possible by just holding your breath.
Scuba Diving is a non-competitive recreational, underwater activity enjoyed by many people in outdoor bodies of water such as the open sea, inland reservoirs, fresh water gravel pits and specially provided training areas.
Before you set out by yourself, you must receive instruction from a certified trainer. Initial training normally takes place in sheltered water such as a swimming pool.
Why is it good for me?
Just like swimming the many muscles in your legs and arms are used constantly, helping to develop muscle tone and strength.
How much does it cost?
A trial dive or “try dive” starts from around £10 and is usually carried out in a local swimming pool.
If you decide to take up Scuba Diving, you will need to take into consideration costs to acquire proper equipment and course fees. Contact your local provider for costs
What equipment do I need?
A swimming costume – first time divers will be supplied with equipment
The more practiced you become the more equipment you will need including: buoyancy compensator, regulators, mask, fins, a cylinder and a dry suit or wet suit.