Welcome to Bubble Divers!
Imagine diving at a tropical island dive resort location with crystal clear water, surrounded by brightly colored coral and fish. You’re exploring the abundance of marine life — all the while hovering weightlessly underwater. Or, you’re off exploring a new shipwreck off the coast of a small island in the middle of the ocean. Lets help you get started in your exciting new adventure.
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Want to get started in the exciting world of S.C.U.B.A? First, let us explain what diving is all about, how to get started, and why Bubble Divers is the dive shop for you.
What is Diving all about?
Scuba Diving is an incomparable activity one must experience first hand to really enjoy and understand the sensations it offers – the thrill of breathing underwater; the freedom of “weightlessness,” and unique sights and sounds. To start this adventure you must become S.C.U.B.A Certified through one of the many organizations.
What is PADI and how does it relate to me?
Bubble Divers offers PADI certifications because it’s the world’s largest diver training organization. What does this mean for you? It means wherever your dive travels take you, you can be confident that the local dive community will recognize your diver credentials – even if “PADI” is the only word you can speak in the local language.
How to get started?
Becoming a certified diver is easier then you think. It just takes a few easy steps. These steps allow an easy progression into what will most definitely become the greatest experience of your life.
Don’t let the words classroom scare you. Classroom activities can easily be completed in a day or two. In the class room you will develop the knowledge needed to understand the concept, Regulations and safety aspects of scuba diving. The classroom is also your first step in the familiarity and hands on training with scuba equipment. By the end of your classroom work, the excitement of finally getting in the water, leads you to your next phase.
In simple words, this part of your training is awesome. In the pool phase, (which can also be completed in one or two days), you and your instructor will practice and develop the water skills needed to comfortably and safely enjoy scuba diving for years to come. You will be amazed at how easy and safe scuba diving actually is. Now! As if that’s not exciting enough, just wait.
Open water diving:
This is where you see and do things you’ve only dreamed of. This is probably the greatest sensation you can legally share with others, You and your instructor go over the skills you developed in the pool phase during open water dives. This phase is generally completed in just two days. After the successful completion of the last open water dive, you will be awarded your certification card good for a lifetime of fun and enjoyment. This card will be recognized all over the world as a certification that you are a safe and properly trained scuba diver.
What equipment will you need?
Walt can provide you with mask, snorkel, and fins for the pool if do not have them, but you will need to purchase your own mask, snorkel, fins, and boots for the Open Water dive and any subsequent dives you choose to take in the future.
Why Bubble Divers?
Learning to scuba dive should be a relaxing and exciting experience. Choosing the correct dive shop is very important because they initially introduce you to the sport. If your learning style differs from their teaching style then you could be turned off for life.
Most dive shops have predetermined times and dates that force you to adjust your schedule. Usually these schedules are tight and don’t allow additional time for you to spend on an activity you might not be comfortable with.
Bubble Divers is a small shop, which allows us to accommodate towards your individual needs. Everyone has a different learning style. Some people learn fast and don’t require extra attention and others prefer to take their time and want more personalized instruction. Walt Salazar (owner/dive master) prides himself in getting to know you on a personal level and offers the type of instruction you need. He strives to provide a flexible environment that teaches students how to have fun while being safe.
Setting up a schedule that fits your lifestyle – Busy during the week and need to fit everything into a couple of weekends, no problem. Work during the day and need to complete the steps in the evening, no problem.
Working at a pace you’re comfortable with – If you feel you need more pool time before going on your open water dive just let Walt know and he’ll set it up.
What training and certifications are available?
There are many places you can take your diving once you’re certified. Below is a list certifications and training you can get through Bubble Divers.
- Open Water (Basic Course)
- Advanced Open Water
- Rescue Diver
- Assistant Instructor
- Boat Diver
- Drift Diver
- Dry Suit Diver
- Equipment Specialist
- Multilevel Diver
- Night Diver
- Underwater Hunter
- Underwater Navigator
- Medic First aid
- Cavern Diver
- Search & Recovery Diver
- Wreck Diver
- Enriched Air Diver
As you know or don’t know you need various pieces of equipment for diving underwater. Some you’ll need right away and others you can purchase as you become more experienced. The items you’ll will need before going on your Open Water dive are Mask, Snorkel, Fins, and Boots.
You should always consult a professional before purchasing any of these items as they vary greatly in comfort, performance, and style. Stop by the shop and I, Walt Salazar (owner/divemaster), can educate and help select a perfect combination for you.
It’s not earth-shattering news that you need a mask to see underwater. Why you need it is that light behaves differently in water than in air, and your eyes focus according to how light behaves in air. That’s why water makes everything blurry. The mask creates an air space so your eyes can focus. When buying a mask, don’t skimp. Get a good one specifically designed for scuba diving that fits you properly.
Since scuba divers have a tank and regulator, you may wonder why a snorkel is a standard piece of scuba gear. Actually, you want a snorkel for a few reasons when you scuba dive. First, it lets you rest or swim with your face in the water, like when you’re looking for something below, without wasting tank air. Second, when there’s a bit of surface chop, splashing waves can get in your mouth if you don’t have a snorkel, but the snorkel is usually high enough to get above these. Third, if you run low on air away from the boat or shore, it makes it easier to swim back, again resting with your face in the water.
Fins provide a large surface area so your powerful leg muscles can move you through the water. This is much more effective than swimming with your arms. All fins regardless of style or features have pockets for your feet and blades for propulsion. In looking at fins that accommodate your size, physical ability and where you intend to use them, your primary concerns are fit and comfort.
Boots are just as they sound, neoprene waterproof boots that you wear to protect your feet from rubbing against your fins and for instances when you have to walk on land to reach the water such as an offshore dive.