What is Poseidon’s philosophy on scuba diving?

     70% of the earth is covered in water.  If I can see 1% of that, think about how much I will have seen!  I have been on dives in many countries through other business and there is always “that guy” or “that girl”.   They are the individuals who usually want to tell you how awesome a diver they are, how they just dove some awesome place, and have the coolest gear ever.  As you watch them you slowly realize they put their gear together wrong, and have little courtesy for your space while diving constantly bumping into you because the world revolves around them, and only them.  Frankly It drives me nuts.  My goal is for every diver certified by Poseidon to NEVER be that “that guy or girl”.  Poseidon follows PADI’s teaching and instruction techniques and will stress some other things we’ve seen.   Poseidon will also, as part of your certification give you a gear exposure class to teach you about the different types of gear you may see while diving and the potential benefits or drawbacks of each.

How safe is Scuba Diving?

    Scuba diving is as safe as you make it, just like any other sport.  If you dive beyond your expertise or experience, or take undo risks while diving then the risk increases.  During Open Water instruction, you like the basics of diving which millions of divers adhere to.   Accidents and injuries are more likely to occur when you go beyond the limits of the equipment and your body.  Just as driving a car at 55 mph much safer versus driving a car at 120 mph.

 “I’m afraid of sharks”

      When I was much younger I saw the movie JAWS.  My family went to Universal Studios a few days later and on the JAWS ride, I hit my dad in the face.  The picture is half a shark and the other half of a hand.   With that being said, imagine if you owned a house that anyone could walk into and walk around.   In 20 years of diving, I have seen very few sharks unless the intent was to go on a dive to see them.  The few times I have seen them, only once was there no reason for its presence.  The shark swam by us, checked us out and swam away.  Kind of like…Who came in my house.   All other times someone was spear fishing and the shark saw this as an easy way to steal the food.   You kill fish underwater, you increase your chance of seeing a shark.  You tie a steak to your leg, you increase your chance of a dog biting you or a really hungry person.

Do I need to know how to swim?

     The prerequisite to take a scuba class to is be able to swim 200 yards without equipment or 300 with mask fins and booties, and tread water for 10 minutes.    Fins aid the more inexperienced swimmer.  Can an individual pass who doesn’t know how to swim?  Yes, but you must demonstrate confidence in the water.   Obviously, confidence in the water is normally demonstrated through swimming ability.  The more comfortable one becomes in the water ultimately it translates into longer time underwater. 

What gear does Poseidon recommend?

    As Poseidon is a small business, we don’t have a shop and therefore do not sell scuba gear at this time.   There are many great companies out there.  Scuba gear will last a lifetime with proper maintenance.   Any gear listed in the “Store” portion is gear I personally own and can offer a review of the gear.  Some suggestion for those who want to dive are at a minimum, purchase a scuba mask, fins and booties.  Some will go to Walmart and purchase a kit they see that is inexpensive then find out the mask leaks and the fins don’t actually allow them to swim.    You get what you pay for and these “kits” are designed for tourists to snorkel, not for actual scuba diving.   With Mask, find a comfortable mask that provides a proper seal will be the difference between an enjoyable dive where you see a bunch, or a diver where you spend the whole time clearing your mask. Some people prepare slip-on fins over fins and booties.  My preferences is booties because you can wear them on docks or places you need to walk until you get in the water and protect your feet.

Should you purchase scuba gear before or after you learn to dive?

    There are two schools of thought.   If you rent gear, you gain exposure on gear and can figure out what you want to buy later. If you buy gear before, you actually learn and practice on your gear and know the ins and outs of those pieces of equipment.  Most gear rentals are about $70.   Inexpensive gear can be purchased for about $700-800, middle of the road gear for $1400-1500, and higher end for $2000-3000.   If you dive approximately 10 times you have paid your basic gear off.  

Should I buy tanks?

   This is up to you.  Poseidon owns tanks, however when I travel I do not take tanks with me.  I dove for 10 years before owning any equipment and then for another 5 before owning a tank.   If you plan on diving often, then yes.  If not, just rent the tank.

Do I need a dive computer?

    Dive computers are awesome.  They constantly re-adjust based on your depth to give you the longest possible dive.  Are they necessary?  No, not at all.  You can dive without a computer and use only a watch and depth gauge (and a dive table) and have just as much fun.   I highly recommend air integrated dive computers.

What are my limits for diving?

    A PADI Open Water Scuba certifies you to a depth of 70 feet.  Your limits are 70 feet and your experience.   What you do on your own, is your own business.  PADI offers a variety of courses/certifications to cover Deep diving (depths greater than 70), Boat Diving, Diving wrecks, Navigation, Underwater Photography/Videography, Enriched Air Diving (diving with a greater oxygen mix).  Each of these courses increases your exposure and experience in diving.

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