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    Do I Need to Be Certified to Go Diving in Costa Rica?

    July 11th, 2013

    2013-07-12_12h38_57If you’re interested in going diving while in Costa Rica, you are likely wondering whether or not you need any special certification in order to do so. Whether or not you will need certification depends on where you are diving, the type of dive you wish to go on, and with whom you plan to dive. Generally, if you’re diving alone (not recommended) or with a friend, you will need certifications.

    If you’re diving with a large group or as part of a class, however, you don’tneed formal certification in most cases. However, you should always check with the diving facility, resort, or other establishment offering the scuba experience to make sure you are clear on the rules and on what you do and don’t need in order to be allowed to dive.

    Train Right before You Take the Plunge

    Many mainstream resorts, scuba instructors, and scuba experience companies in Costa Rica will simply require you to complete a brief training course prior to entering the water. This course will usually teach you the basics, such as how to put on your equipment, how to use it properly, how to ascend and descend correctly, and more. Make sure you pay very careful attention during the training—if you don’t, you are taking a risk with your life! Ask any questions that you might have. And, if your diving instructor or program doesn’t offer you some kind of training or information about how to dive correctly, run the other way! Any legitimate diving company, instructor, or school is going to put your safety above anything and everything, which is why these lessons are mandatory in the first place. Training sessions can last anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the details of your dive. Even if you’re already somewhat familiar with diving, remember that you can still learn from the training so you still need to listen carefully.

    Get Certified in Costa Rica

    If you’ve been diving for a while but have put off getting your actual certification, Costa Rica is the perfect place to take the plunge and finally go for it. You can easily sign up for a certification course—they tend to be offered all over Costa Rica and at reasonable prices, much more reasonable than you’d find in the US or the UK in most cases. Certification generally takes a few hours spread out over the course of a few days. Bear in mind that there are many different types and levels of certification available, and it’s up to you to pick the type and level of certification that’s the best fit for you. If you wish to be certified but don’t want to miss out on any precious vacation time to take a course, consider getting certified before you go. It might cost you a little more, but you’ll be able to make the most of you diving time on your trip.

    Get Ready for Fun!

    Whether you’ve just completed general training or are already certified in diving, remember, above all else, to have fun. There are so many beautiful animals, plants, and more underwater, and it’s important that you really enjoy and take them all in. Don’t let worries about certification or anything else get in the way of relaxing and making the most of the water. And, if you do have any questions about getting certified, any qualified instructor should be able to answer them and help you to get certified so that you can dive whenever you want!