Introduction to Scuba Diving

Diving is an easy and interesting sport which, for many, becomes an addiction! Diving allows you to discover underwater worlds and ecosystems which would otherwise be inaccessible. You can explore and photograph shipwrecks, caves, reefs, rock formations and take in the breathtaking beauty of this underwater world. If you are new to scuba diving then here are 4 great facts that will open your eyes to this world waiting for you to explore.
Diving allows you to breathe and move freely underwater. SCUBA means Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. This means that you can stay underwater for longer without having to surface for air. Diving has been around for a long time and advancements have been made along the way to make diving the popular recreational sport that it is today.
The maximum depth of a dive is determined by the diver´s qualification, experience etc. The maximum depth for all recreational diving is 40m but this depth limit is reached by acquiring sufficient training and experience. Most beginner courses limit the maximum depth of all dives to 18m until the diver has obtained further training and experience.
We have different equipment that we use to enable us to dive; masks allow us to see under the water, fins help us move around easily and the scuba unit allows us to breathe underwater. The air that we breathe is exactly the same as the atmosphere (only cleaner and without humidity). See more on Scuba Diving Gear. All of our courses include use of full scuba equipment, so you don't need to worry about buying everything straight away. Our helpful staff can guide you in equipment choices later if you chose to purchase any of your own equipment.
Some think that diving is a dangerous and challenging sport. The mortality rate is negligible and most accidents happen due to people not respecting the limitations of their training. We know firsthand that most emergencies happen due to poor training or inadequate knowledge of the techniques and their limitations. Diving is not difficult but, as in all sports, we follow rules. It's an easy sport that millions of people participate in every year. Arenal Diving follow PADI guidelines and standards to minimise any risks involved.

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