Have you ever experienced the mesmerizing and out of this world feeling of being under sea? So if love swimming and has a sense of adventure and would love to go there again and again, scuba diving can be a profession for you.

Diving is like a therapy, visiting a world that was unknown to us. That visit eases us, makes us more thoughtful. “Scuba diving is sensual. To breathe underwater is one of the most fascinating and peculiar sensations imaginable. Breathing becomes a rhythmic melody of inhalations and exhalations. The cracks and pops of fish and crustaceans harmonize with the rhythmic chiming of the bubbles as you exhale. Soon, lungs act as bellows, controlling your buoyancy as you achieve weightlessness. And, as in your dreams, you are flying. Combine these otherworldly stimuli and you surrender completely to the sanctuary of the underwater world” ,says Tec Clark, Scuba Diving.

So this can be a life changing experience for our swimming lovers. Haven’t seen Katrina Kaif as scuba diving trainer in ‘Zindagi Na Milegi Dubara’? How Hrithik was completely transformed after diving for the very first time; seemed as if his mind, his soul, everything came to peace. Not to mention that you can make a very respectable salary doing a job that you’ll be proud to brag about.

Job opportunities

So what else can you expect from a job – you get to travel, to make money and be happy underneath water. Wherever there is water to explore, scuba divers can find work. There are many opportunities as a scuba diver these days:

  • You can work at a beach resort or in a cruise.
  • You can even do photography underneath the sea.
  • You can also help develop promotional and marketing videos and images particularly for dive centers and resorts worldwide. From that, you can get a good pay too.
  • You can run classes and workshops for budding divers and photographers too.
  • Many  recreational divers are also trained and certified as technical divers. That selection would entirely depend upon your fields of interest.

Skills required

The major skills include selection, functional testing, preparation and transport of scuba equipment, dive planning, preparation for a dive, kiting up for the dive, water entry, descent, breathing underwater, monitoring the dive profile (depth, time and decompression status), personal breathing gas management, situational awareness, communicating with the dive team, buoyancy and trim control, mobility in the water, ascent, emergency and rescue procedures, exit from the water, unkitting after the dive, cleaning and preparation of equipment for storage and recording the dive, within the scope of the diver’s certification.

Known names in this profession

1. Sylvia Earle

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The winner of the 2009 TED Prize, Sylvia is a tireless advocate for our oceans, exploring them for over 60 years now. As captain of the first all-female team to live underwater in 1970, she and her fellow scientists received a ticker-tape parade and White House reception upon their return to the surface. In 1979, she walked untethered on the seafloor at a lower depth than any other woman before or since. Sylvia is one of the most inspirational women living today.

2. Albert Tillman

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Albert Tillman (January 16, 1928 – January 16, 2004) was an American educator and underwater diver. He is widely considered to be the father of diving education. He became interested in marine and underwater life when, at age 10, he peered through a pair of goggles in the waters off Redondo Beach, California. He soon became a free diver and served in the United States Coast Guard at the end of World War II.
Tillman and Bev Morgan developed the world’s first public skin diving and SCUBA diving program while working for Los Angeles County, California in 1953.

3. Sarah Richard

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Having worked as one of the only female Divemasters ever, at the age of 25, in one of the scuba world’s best kept secrets; Micronesia, Sarah knows her way around a WW2 shipwreck like no other. Writing about her underwater adventures on her blog she quickly got picked up to write for international publications about being a woman in the dive industry. As a volunteer for the Hong Kong Shark foundation, her passion and love for sharks and the ocean is infectious.

Training and education

Certifications are a must to qualify as divers and instructors. PADI courses range from entry levels (such as ‘Scuba Diver’ and ‘Open Water Diver’) to ‘Master Scuba Diver’ and a range of interim instructor certifications.
PADI offers many programs for professional certification such as Assistant Instructor, Open Water Scuba Instructor (OWSI), Master Scuba Diver Trainer (MSDT), Divemaster, PADI Course director and so on. Training for these programs can be acquired at any PADI approved diving school.

Schools/Institutes in India for scuba diving

In India, you can find many diving schools in Goa, Pondicherry, Lakshadweep Islands and Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Some famous ones in Havelock Island, Andaman are:
1. Barefoot Scuba (Dive Andaman)

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2. DIVEIndia

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3. Maharashtra Tourism organises short-term programmes in scuba diving, including PADI certification courses.

4. The Bangalore Mountaineering Club, too, offers the PADI divers course.

Then there are some Institutes in Goa that offer scuba diving training programs:

5. The Barracuda Diving Institute, Goa
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6. National Institute of Water Sports, Goa
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7. Indian Navy Diving School, Kochi offers commercial diving course, those having plus two can go for it.