The little mermaid wanted nothing more than to become human, but for us lifelong landlubbers, the idea of breathing underwater is equally alluring—and challenging. This guide shows you where to get certification, find a place to dive, get the best deals on equipment and connect with the scuba diving community.
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There’s nothing stopping you from diving in a nearby river or lake, but if you’re looking for something a bit more interesting, you’ll want to explore the world’s reefs, ship wrecks or caves. This section points you toward the world’s most exotic and intriguing dive spots.
- The Scuba Guide offers basic guidelines for choosing a dive shop when you’re traveling. If you’re interested in local diving, use a directory to find a dive shop in your area. In all likelihood, they plan local excursions.
- Most scuba diving Web sites, especially those of magazines, gear sites or community pages, advertise travel deals, promote dive shops and recommend locations.
For advice on choosing a travel destination …
has a travel column that lists the top ten dive sites, as determined by specialist Harry Marks. Each dive location is described in brief.
is a U.K. site that also provides a list of top ten dive sites; these are determined by user ratings. View the top 100
if you choose, and vote for your own. The left side bar lists various dive locations you can research via the site’s comprehensive articles and reviews.
Online has multiple destination guides under the heading “Guides.” Don’t miss the “Dive Atlas of the World
” for a clickable world map you can use to learn more about particular dive locations.
For a directory of dive shops near you …
101 Scuba Diving
helps you find a scuba diving center pretty much anywhere. Select a world region on the left navigation bar to get started. To find a scuba center in the United States, choose USA diving centers
to get a list of states and available scuba centers.
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