I want to try diving, what will I need?
So, you’ve decided to take a dip in the deep? Well, if you’re like me and don’t know how to swim, why not try out Discovery Scuba Diving (DSD) to get a feel of diving first? If you have no idea, discovery scuba diving does not require any diving license (such as SSI diving or PADI diving). It’s basically a normal diving course, but with the diving coach literary carrying and swimming for you underwater. Yes, your job underwater is just to inhale and exhale through your scuba tank.
Speaking of scuba tanks, I’m sure you’re wondering what scuba diving equipments you will we need to even think of scuba diving! Well, you might think that it is just putting on a scuba tank (or mini scuba tank), but there are quite a few pieces of equipment that you must have ready or at your closest scubawarehouse!
Below is the picture of the scuba diving equipments that you will need for your deep sea diving experience:
Okay, I know you don’t like the feeling of wearing a scuba suit. Well, even though it is not required, I will still highly recommend it as it keeps you warm and protects you from all sorts of underwater creatures you might come across. Trust me, you will thank me for insisting you wear a scuba suit! It’ll be a true lifesaver if you accidentally touch a jellyfish when diving! Gosh, imagine diving half-naked!
Other than diving equipment, do you know what else you would need to submerge yourself underwater? As I said just now, you’ll need a diving license! How do we get a diving license? Well, you can get them mainly from 2 organizations, which are: SSI (Scuba School International) for both SSI diving license and open water diver license and PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) which also offers PADI open water training and open water diver courses.
Open Water Diver vs Scuba Diver?
Just a quick note, the difference between an open water diver and a scuba diver is just the maximum depth the diver can dive. So, for example, a certified Padi open water diver can dive to the maximum depth of 18 meters if accompanied by another certified buddy or professional. On the other hand, a normal scuba diver can only dive as far as 12 meters beneath under the direct supervision of a professional. Still, if you’re serious about diving you should take note that each institution will have a slightly different maximum depth that one can dive. So, ask for the details from the institutions yourself!
What’s in the canister?
Future divers, have you ever wondered what is in the scuba tank? Well, a typical scuba tank will have a mixture of nitrogen and oxygen! but nowadays, divers would prefer nitrox instead.
Whoah, whoah, don’t let the name scare you! Nitrox is just a breathing gas with a mixture of oxygen and nitrogen, where the oxygen contains more than 22% but less than 40%. And why Nitrox is preferred by divers? It’s because they can help divers have longer underwater times and less fatigue!
I’m not here to dive, I’m here to start my own scuba diving business!
If your interest is to start up a scuba diving business, then you will need to know if you want to start a dive shop where you sell scuba gears to your customers or if you’d want to open a business to teach people if diving if it is your passion.
Starting your scubawarehouse or dive shop might seem like an easy job to do, but as I said just now, licenses and permits will be required to ensure the quality of the scuba gears.
Do you think that’s all? You’ll also need regular maintenance for your scuba gears to prevent accidents. So, it’s a huge responsibility if you plan to start your own scubawarehouse business.
On the other hand, if you’re already a professional diver and eager to teach diving or spread the joy of scuba diving, you can try to start your very own diving centre business! However, you’ll have to make sure that you have the correct license such as the license from MOE and from JTK to start an educational institution.
If you plan to hire someone outside or overseas to teach or you are interested to teach the new divers, make sure the instructor also has the appropriate license from PADI open water or SSI diving.
Regardless of which type of business you’d want to try; you can’t forget about the building permit that you will need to operate your business in!
Ready to get your feet wet by starting your diving business? We can be your diving fins pushing you forward and scuba suit that protects you! Do you want to ensure your scuba diving business will be a successful one? We at MISHU can’t wait to tell you how!