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Learn to Scuba Dive

Learning to scuba dive is one of the most exciting and rewarding journeys you can take—but there are a few things you should know about beginning to scuba dive. Here, you’ll find all of the information you need to learn to scuba dive, from the basics on what it takes to become a certified scuba diver, to the best scuba gear for beginners and frequently asked questions about scuba diving.

Certifications and Getting Started

The lessons you learn in a scuba diving certification course—Open Water Diver or the equivalent—will help you master basic scuba skills so you feel comfortable and competent underwater. Here, we break down how to get certified for scuba diving and the scuba diving lessons you’ll learn throughout the process.

Essential Scuba Gear

Part of becoming a certified diver is learning how to use essential gear, but also choosing comfortable gear for yourself. Here, we break down the scuba gear you need to become a certified scuba diver, but also some tips and information on scuba gear for beginners.

Beginner Destinations

The best part about learning to scuba dive is taking your new-found skills and putting them to use. Many choose local diving to explore nearby lakes or quarries, while some choose popular scuba diving destinations for beginners — such as the Florida Keys, Hawaii, Cozumel and the Bahamas — for their first dive vacation. Here are our tips on selecting a destination to start diving.

Safety Tips

Learning to scuba dive involves mastering basicscuba training and skills so you can explore the underwater world in a safe, enjoyable manner. Use these basic scuba diving tips to see the types of scuba skills you’ll learn in an Open Water Diver course, or to freshen up on your dive knowledge.

Scuba Diving Tips from the Experts At DAN\

Divers Alert Network offers travel and dive insurance for every level of diver. The experts at DAN contribute a monthly column to Scuba Diving where they educate divers on topics ranging from marine animal stings to diving while using certain medications.