How can I start a diving course and what do I need?
Are you ready to dive but still have a lot of questions? You should know that the most important part of a diving course is the instructor: because he is the person who will open the door to your first experiences as a diver. It is very important for you to see eye to eye with your instructor, who should be a good professional ready to help you in whatever you may need. So choose well!
Once you are at the school, you will have been informed about the prices, timetables, the weather forecast for the course, the instructor and how the course is organized. You have to fill out the registration documentation for the diving course, which usually consists of the following:
All your personal details, and don’t forgot to give them your address so they can send you your certificate by both physical mail and e-mail.
A form in which you state that you have no illnesses preventing you from diving. It is mandatory, and it refers to current diseases or diseases that are incompatible with diving. In Spain, it costs about 35 euros, and you have to request a medical exam, which takes about an hour. In some countries, no medical exam is required.
State that you are the only person responsible in the event of an accident or negligence on your part. Signing a liability waiver from is unlawful in some countries. For example, a liability waiver is not valid in the European Union, and a student should not be obligated to sign it.
It basically explains the same as above, thus constituting sworn statement that the diver has understood all safety rules in the practice of a diving course or fun dive.
It is mandatory in Spain (and highly advisable) to always dive with insurance. It usually costs about six euros a day, and it normally takes about 5 minutes to take out insurance at the school itself. It may not be mandatory in other countries.
After filling out all the documentation for the diving course, we will attend the first sessions of introductory videos or talks by the instructor on this wondrous world.
You may also be asked to fill out an initial questionnaire or test to check whether you have fully understood the key safety information before doing anything in the water.
All equipment is usually included in the price of the diving course. But if you bring along your own gear, i.e., complete, but not the odd item, the course may be even more economical.
Once you have these documents completed and the introductory information under your belt, you are ready for action.
Have fun underwater!
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