Scuba Diving is About Learning, Forever
Like anything you enjoy in life, there’s no finish line. That’s what drives you forward on spending more time doing the activities you truly enjoy and value. If ever hit a point where you can’t go further in your interest, then boredom and mental atrophy on the topic sets in.
The world of scuba diving is no different. Once you start diving, it’s hard to stop – and thankfully there is no finish line. Even master instructors with thousands of logged dives and hundreds of certifications know, there’s no end to learning about scuba diving and about the environments we explore. Other than space travel, the ocean is the final frontier you can experience with the people closest to you. It’s the sport you can participate in with children or grandparents. It’s a sport that will encourage you to travel the world and be proud of seeing areas of the planet only a few have seen. It’s the sport where you can capture lasting memories and accumulate dive stories that you can tell again and again.
Whether you dive regularly or only during vacation, diving is a sport you can continue to participate in throughout your lifetime. If you’ve tried scuba diving and enjoyed it, then earning your PADI Open Water Certification will give you the confidence and skills to continue diving wherever you travel. But if you’re still on the fence about getting certified, here’s the primary drawbacks of not learning how to dive from a PADI Instructor and getting certified.
4 Drawbacks of Not Being A PADI Open Water Diver
1) You Are Not Trained in Diving Skills and Safety
This is a big problem. If you’re not a certified diver, you’re a danger to yourself and other divers. During your PADI Open Water certification you learn how to be comfortable in the water, and how to be confident while diving. PADI’s Open Water Course is designed to introduce you to a skill, then build on that skill over a series of dives. You are given a small task or problem, then you are taught how to overcome it without creating anxiety or burning energy. You also learn:
- Safe diving practices and theory.
- General diving skills you will use on every dive.
- How to handle a personal or dive buddy emergency.
- Appropriate diving behavior with coral, ocean critters and wildlife.
- How to setup and maintain your diving gear.
- Diving precautions and how to dive safely in dynamic environmental conditions.
- Physics that apply to your dive planning and effects on your physiology.
- How to plan multiple dives in a day, and how to use dive tables to plan safely.
2) You Can't Rent Gear
If you’re not a certified diver, then you can’t rent diving gear or tanks from a commercial dive shop. Since you have no documented proof that you are a confident and safe diver, the dive shop is not going to take the legal risk and rent you gear. Even if you have dozens of logged dives with various diving operations, you won’t be able to rent the needed equipment unless you can show a certification card or provide your certification number to look-up.
3) Every Scuba Diving Experience Will Be With Beginners
Without certification, a scuba instructor won’t be able to take you on anything besides an introductory dive. Every time you dive, you will be diving with first time divers and won’t be able to explore further. Some dive operations will hold onto your tank during the dive, since you’re not trained in basic scuba diving maneuvers.
4) You Won’t Be Able to Explore Other Areas of Diving
Are you interested in night diving or exploring caverns? Are you enticed by diving deep or playing with scooters? Or maybe you’re interested in trying a drift dive or a full-face mask? Too bad. Without being certified, you will have a finish line to your diving. It will end with introductory dives, and you will not be able to explore the list of adventure dives PADI offers.
You’re Certified For Life
Being certified shows you’ve been tested and taught how to dive safely. Once you’re a certified diver, you can prove to dive instructors and operations that you are a trained recreational diver. With this proof, a dive instructor can confidently and legally take you on adventure dives, showing you more about diving, skills and scenarios.
After you’ve been taught by a PADI Instructor and passed the Open Water exam, you are a Certified Diver for life. There’s no annual membership fees and no requirement to carry insurance. You can travel to any diving destination around the world and dive independently with your buddy, or with a diving operation.
After you’re certified you can start exploring the many diving specialities PADI has to offer, and you can feel confident when you’re diving.