This post is sponsored by Simply Scuba. That being said the opinions here are my own.
When I was in college, that was always a question about this time of year. We were all looking forward to Spring Break and Summer. For Most of us that meant at least one trip to the beach and for me, well several or at least as many as I could get in.
Now at the beach, what do you do? Well, of course, you can lay in the sun, spend a fortune shopping at an outlet mall and of courses partying the nights away at any number of beachside bars and dance clubs. After a couple of trips like this, my friends and I decided we would take a SCUBA course before we headed out on our next beach trip. That turned out to be one of the best decisions I made in college.
Back then SCUBA classes were a week-long set of classes and pool work or spread over a few weekends. Followed by a trip to the ocean for open water “Check out” dives. Now that we are in the 21st-century SCUBA classes have evolved. All of the major SCUBA certification organizations (National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), Professional Association of Dive Instructors (PADI), Scuba Schools International (SSI) and the British Sub-Aqua Club (BSAC)) all have online options to complete the classroom portion. After you get your classroom training done, then you can work with a local dive shop or take that with you on vacation to do the pool portion to practice skills and do the checkout dives in some spectacular locations.
Every diver need some basic gear that they own, it just makes sense to have your own mask, snorkel, booties, and fins. All of that is easy to
travel with and pretty lightweight. You need a mask, snorkel at a minimum. A few other pieces of personal gear I would recommend are scuba boots and reef gloves. I would also think about a men’s dive watch or “Dive Computer” (The come in lady versions too). These really make diving simple and take a lot of the math out of it underwater. I personally will not dive without mine. I still do manual dive calculations when I log my dive, but I really like having that date instantly underwater.
Where should you go? Most of my instructor friends are in the Southeastern United States. They all take students to Destin or Panama City Beach, FL for there first dives. However, the destination is really up to you. I know people that have finished their class work and headed of to Tahiti to do the checkout dives. It is really up to your dreams and budget.
SCUBA Diving is the single most relaxing thing I have done. There is nothing better than being underwater and hearing nothing but bubbles and seeing the kaleidoscope of color that is presented to you on a tropical reef. So for your vacation is summer or even Spring Break consider learning to dive and getting to know the underwater world, you will be glad you did. It can lead to adventure and fun for you and your families.
Thanks again to Simply Scuba for sponsoring this post and providing the equipment photos.