Learning to Scuba Dive
There are several dive certifications around the world that allow you to take part in recreational diving all round the world. Depending on your level of qualification you can dive to different depths, at different sites, using various exipment and air mixes. Two of the main dive qualification boards are Professional Scuba Association International (PADI) and Scuba Schools International (SSL). However there are lots of different qualifications around the world. The most important factor is establishing that your instructor is well qualified and that all of your equipment is safe, after that it is worth researching the qualification you are going for to ensure it is widely accepted around the world.
The entry level qualification with all major dive certifications will cover the basic safety and theory of diving allowing you to dive to depths of about 18m. More advanced courses will improve you navigation, allow you to dive deeper and eventually allow you to teach, opening up the potential for a new career.
Tech diving allows you to dive deeper and longer than recreational diving, using specialist equipment. This is not necessarily a natural progression from recreational diving and few people ever make the jump across whether they are instructors or casual divers.
Again it is worth ensuring that your travel insurance covers you for diving and if there are limitation to the style or depth you can take part in. If you are planning on diving regularly it may be worth considering specialist diving insurance that ill cover you and your equipment more comprehensively than standard travel insurance.
If you are short on time or take longer to study then many scuba diving schools offer the option of completing a portion of the theory online allowing you to lean in advance and focus more on the diving once you have arrived.