Can Anyone Go Scuba Diving?
You don’t need to be an extremely athletic person or some kind of Navy Seal Superhero to be able to go scuba diving. Many people, who are new to recreational scuba diving, believe it is a dangerous activity and should be left to the experts. But, this is not true. The advancement in scuba diving equipment, as well as a better understanding of the physiological effects that diving has on the body, has made diving safer and easier than it was in the past.
If you are thinking of enrolling in the PADI Open Water Course, then being able to swim is vital. You don’t have to be an Olympic Swimmer but you do need to be able to swim 200 meters unassisted. However, if you are just looking for an introduction into scuba diving, then knowledge of swimming is not necessary.
Students who wish to participate in a scuba diving course should complete a medical questionnaire. There are some medical conditions, no matter how trivial they may seem on land, may be much more serious when under the high pressure of water when you go diving. Also, some medications could cause issues if you go diving, so DO NOT lie on the medical form, doing so, could put your life and others at risk. We can send you a copy of this medical form upon request.
One very surprising question we have been asked, is can my 5-year-old child go scuba diving? The minimum age requirements may vary among different countries and scuba diving organisations. However, the general rule is aged 8 years or above, depending on the child’s level of development and understanding. Some children are quite small for their age and perhaps the scuba equipment will be a little on the large side for them. The other point to bear in mind is the child’s understanding of equalisation and being able to perform this action without any problems. For more details on equalisation of the ears and some problems in this, please read here.
There is currently, no maximum age limit for scuba diving. The oldest person that has been diving with us at Dive In Pattaya, was 80 years old. He was from Belgium and loved every moment. Sometimes, diving is one of those things that you add to your bucket list but you don’t get the opportunity to do until later in life.
If you are extremely overweight and have difficulty breathing during light exercise then scuba diving is not really for you. A minimum amount of fitness level is vital to ensure your safety. If you are unsure, then you should discuss it with your General Practitioner to get more advice.
On the other hand, if you have a disability, then it is still possible for you to learn scuba diving. We have taken several physically challenged people scuba diving. There are ways to adapt to certain situations. Some scuba equipment manufacturers have focused on certain products to help those who are physically challenged. Remember, any student for diving is starting at exactly the same point, which is ground zero. You can check out more information on this subject here.
Recreational scuba diving is an enjoyable activity that you can do with your spouse, friends, family or solo, but you should never take it up just because someone pushes you into doing so. You will not appreciate the concept nor the pleasure of diving if someone forces you into doing it. So, think about your reasons for wanting to go scuba diving and make sure that they are the right ones. The good news is that if you want to learn scuba diving for yourself, then you most probably can.