How long does it take to get certified to go diving?

Scuba diving is a type of underwater diving in which a diver uses a breathing apparatus, or scuba, which is independent of the surface oxygen supply. Scuba divers will usually contain their own source of oxygen, usually in the form of compressed air. Scuba diving can be done recreationally or professionally, and it is possible to get certified fairly quickly. If you are thinking of getting scuba certified, it is a fairly straightforward process.  
 
To become certified, you must take a scuba diving course offered by an accredited scuba certification agency. Some agencies include the Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and the National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI). Once you are certified, you can dive pretty much anywhere in the world without further training. 
 
There are not many requirements to take the course, but in general, you should be in good physical shape and comfortable in and around the water. In addition to this, most agencies require you to be able to swim for 200 yards and float in or tread water for a minimum of ten minutes. Depending on the agency you choose to dive with, you will also have to be at least 10 to 15 years of age. Once these requirements have been completed, basic training consists of four parts: book work, written exams, pool training, and open water dives. 
 
After the written tests, you will start learning the basics in a deep pool such as taking your gear on and off, sharing air, and more. Once this has been completed, you will be required to complete four to five open water dives and show your instructors you are competent in the skills you learned during pool training. Once you have completed this part of training, you will be issued your certification card. Written work and pool training is usually divided up over a period of four to six weeks, with classes ranging from three to four hours a week. After this segment is complete, you can expect your open water dives to be divided up over a period of two to three days. 
 
No matter how much you plan to use your scuba diving certification, it is a valuable skill to learn and an unforgettable experience. 

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