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Getting Certified For Key West Scuba Diving
by Christine OKelly

Being underwater enjoying the incredible sights of the undersea world is a thrilling activity that is relaxing at the same time. You'll find no better place to scuba dive than off this tropical island with its tranquil, warm water full of amazing marine life and the world's third largest coral reef. Scuba diving here offers a way to experience undersea life up close where you can reach out and touch things you'll never see on land and never knew existed.

Before heading out for a scuba diving adventure, you must become scuba certified. It is the law in this vacation paradise for your safety and for the safety of other divers. Scuba diving is a skill and taking a certification course will ensure you know all of the skills and techniques to keep you safe. While you can't scuba dive without certification, don't let the need for certification stop you. Thousands of people obtain their certification on the island every year. It's a simple, but necessary process. This article looks at obtaining scuba certification, including the different types of courses available.

Refresher Courses

If you already have a scuba certification, but haven't been on a dive for two years, you should consider taking a refresher course. Since you've already earned your certification, you don't have to retake the entire course for a refresher, but it's a good idea so you stay up to date on new techniques and regain your sea legs before jumping in the water.

You typically have two options with a refresher course. First, you can review the basics and safety procedures with a licensed scuba instructor in a dive pool. This is the quickest option as it only takes as long as the diver needs. It could last 15 minutes or 2 hours, depending on your needs. Second, you can go on an actual dive with an instructor. While a pool dive is fast and easy, nothing will offer you real underwater experience like a refresher dive in the ocean.

Open Water And Advanced Courses

If you have never been scuba diving, an Open Water or Advanced Course may be right for you. These courses take three to four days to complete. You'll spend time in a classroom, a pool, and the ocean during this course to achieve either an Open Water or Advanced Certification.

An Advanced Certification allows you to dive anywhere in the world to a certain depth. An Open Water Certification also allows you to dive anywhere in the world, but you can dive deeper than with an Advanced Certification. If you're planning to go Key West scuba diving when vacationing on the island, you can shorten the time the course takes to complete by signing up and completing the textbook and chapter tests before you arrive on the island.

Consider Snorkeling

If certification sounds like it will take up a little more of your vacation time than you'd like, consider going snorkeling. Unlike Key West scuba diving, you don't need any type of certification for snorkeling. It's easy and fun, making it a great choice for people wanting to experience the undersea world of the reef without making a huge time commitment. Snorkeling is also perfect for families with young children. Snorkeling charters will take you to the best places to snorkel the reef, ensuring you return home with exciting memories and awesome pictures if you bring an underwater camera.

Whether you choose Key West scuba diving or snorkeling, you are sure to have an exhilarating underwater adventure in this island paradise.

About the Author

Christine O'Kelly is a writer for Key West Dive Center. They offer a Key West scuba diving adventure.

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