Article by Robin Van Auken on Volunteer Forever

The ocean is a mysterious place. It covers 70 percent of the planet, yet only 5 percent of it has been explored. It’s a magical place too, thanks to the phytoplankton that creates half of the air that we breathe. It’s also a secretive place, hiding the deepest spot on Earth: the Mariana Trench, at 36,200 feet below the surface, is more than a mile deeper than Mount Everest is tall.

From coastal beaches to deep hydrothermal vents, the ocean is a varied ecosystem that’s home to myriad forms of life, including the cute and friendly dolphin, and the ugly and grumpy anglerfish.

If you’ve ever been curious about the ocean and what lies beneath, then you should discover it firsthand. Join the creatures of the deep and learn how to breathe underwater as a trained scuba diver.

When you’re a PADI certified scuba diver, the ocean is familiar and welcoming. Your Open Water certification gives you the training to stay safe, and the confidence to explore an amazing new world. Learn the theory of scuba diving in the comfort of a classroom, before moving into a pool for practice. Learn how to use scuba equipment, including the compass for underwater navigation. Once you’ve accomplished this, you’ll enter the open water and complete your certification. When you’re certified for Open Water, you can dive anywhere in the world.

As a PADI Divemaster, the ocean becomes your workplace. One of the benefits of becoming a divemaster is sharing your skills and knowledge with others. You can be a leader who mentors and motivates other people to dive and encourages them to develop a passion for marine conservation. The divemaster program will enhance your underwater experience, take your diving to the next level, and start you on the course to becoming a PADI professional.

If you’re interested in learning more about scuba diving at some of the best locations for underwater training, keep reading. From the Andaman Coast to Zanzibar, the waters of our blue planet are brimming with sea life and worthwhile projects.


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