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Posted by seahunt on May 03, 2007 at 06:23:39:

In Reply to: Diving from scratch. Are there good places in the Canary Islands? posted by Kylecawazafla on May 02, 2007 at 20:47:40:

There are 100 people on this BBS that can certify you, but not that many that can tell you about diving before there were much
in the way of certifications.
There are a few things to consider.
A certification is given to certify that you are trained in the safe usage of scuba equipment. It used to be that to a large
extent, that was a personal decision, because there was so little to know about safe diving and the gear was so simple.
Really, a primary purpose of a class is to give the diver enough familiarity to reduce the likelyhood of the greatest
danger of all, panic. Most of the rest of your diving skills will have to be acquired by practice. So a serious interest in
diving and some self study can largely replace a class in terms of training.
The best source of knowledge and experience at that point is a buddy.
A scuba certification is a legal matter that allows you to rent gear and get air fills. If you don't need those, you don't need
a C Card. Outside the US, you may or may not have need for one in order to get gear and fills.
Planning to dive without getting certified is a poor way to go, but it can be done. Still, if you like diving, you will
certainly need a C Card soon. I'd advise you to try to start out with one ahead of time. It's the easy way.
Enjoy the diving, seahunt

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