Scuba diving has been growing in popularity in recent years, with more and more people getting scuba certified each year. What many people don’t know, though, is that getting certified doesn’t take nearly as long as you might think. When you take scuba diving lessons in Denver at A-1 Scuba, you’ll be ready to dive before you know it. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s Required for Scuba Certification?

Scuba certification is divided into three primary steps. You’ll start in the Independent Study phase. This is where you’ll gain all of the background knowledge you’ll need to learn how to scuba dive safely. You can complete the course online on your computer or iPad, or you can use a book and DVD set to complete the lessons.

The next step is learning how to dive in a controlled environment, like a swimming pool. Building on the knowledge you gained in the first step, you’ll practice a number of skills under the direct supervision of a diving professional.

The final step of the certification process takes you out into open water where you’ll perform many of the skills you learned in the swimming pool. A great way to complete the first two of four dives is at the Denver Downtown Aquarium. The combination of clear water, cool critters, and a safe environment make it the perfect location. Once you complete the final two open water dives you’ll be fully certified!

How Long Does Scuba Certification Take?

The answer to this question really depends on your schedule. The first step of certification is a self-study, so you can read and study the material at your own pace. Some take multiple days to review all of the materials, while others can complete this step in hours.

The second step (swimming pool sections) can be completed in as little as one weekend or in three evening segments over two weeks. Private lessons are also available when time restrictions apply.

The final step requires that you complete the four open water dives over a two-day period. You can do this in one or two weekends or on a trip to the islands.

Start Your Scuba Diving Lessons in Denver Today

Here at A-1 Scuba, we are your source for all things scuba diving in Denver, including scuba certification. Get in touch with us today to learn more about our certification course and get the process started.


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