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Scuba diving is a favorite under water pastime for water enthusiasts the world over, whether recreational or deep sea diving. In order to have a better, more comprehensive understanding of the training and lessons associated with receiving one's dive certification, we must first understand the terminology associated with this sport. Below are several terms to familiarize oneself with when researching dive schools and instructors.

  • Regulator - In Scuba diving, any device which changes pressure from one level to a lower level. It is usually attached to a mouthpiece, called the second stage regulator, which ultimately delivers oxygen to the diver allowing him or her to breathe under water.
  • Rebreather - A closed circuit system which filters exhaled air, then recirculates it for rebreathing by the diver. Using a rebreather requires special training and maintenance.
  • Dive Tables - A printed collection of dive times for specific depths, by which the divers can avoid contracting DCS which can be fatal. Decompression Sickness Dive tables are typically presented to a diver during instruction or shortly after certification.
  • Trimix - A mixture of helium, nitrogen and oxygen, used for very deep diving. Utilization of this mixture requires special training and certifications which involves additional, specialized dive lessons.
  • Cave Diving - A type of technical diving in which specialized equipment is used to enable the exploration of caves which are partially or fully filled with water.
  • General Dive Equipment - Scuba diving equipment typically consists of a snorkel, a mask, fins, a BCD, buoyancy control device weights, and may or may not include a wet or dry suit. A snorkel can be utilized as a backup emergency breathing device if a diver runs out of air and is forced to surface swim to a particular location though, it can be used recreationally as well.
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    Certified Diving Instruction Texas. Offering Diving Instruction and ocean diving lessons Texas to help you get your diving certification.
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    B & W Dive Co.
    16222 East Fwy, Channelview, TX 77530
    B & W Dive Co. is focused on providing you with high-quality SCUBA Diving Certifications & Scuba Equipment. We offer PADI scuba diving lessons from beginners to Dive Masters. Amazing Instructors.
    (281) 452-3887
    Private Scuba
    9800 Walnut St, Dallas, TX 75243
    Since 1989, our Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) leaders love diving and it shows. Join us in beginner Open Water or Adventure dives for Special certifications. Safe FUN!
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    (469) 879-3483
    User Review: "Just like they said, 'cheap, fast, fun and easy', I was certified in 3 days!" - dennis (TX)
    Sauls Scuba
    6708 N County Road 1150, Midland, TX 79705
    Contact Sauls Scuba in Midland, Texas, for scuba diving lessons. We offer beginners and advanced lessons.
    (432) 701-0355
    Lone Star SCUBA
    12817 Preston Rd, Dallas, TX 75230
    (972) 233-3483
    Dive Shop The
    1506 S 1st St, Lufkin, TX 75901
    (936) 632-3483
    Dive Spot The
    1701 Lytle Trl, Abilene, TX 79602
    (325) 673-3483
    Sea Sports Swim
    25701 Interstate 45 Ste 11, Spring, TX 77380
    (281) 367-6664
    Dive West
    6336 Greenville Ave, Dallas, TX 75206
    (214) 750-6900
    W W Diving Company
    1307 1st St E, Humble, TX 77338
    (281) 540-1616
    Amarillo SCUBA Center
    2807 Wolflin Ave, Amarillo, TX 79109
    (806) 359-3483
    Island Divers
    1731 W University Dr, Denton, TX 76201
    (940) 383-3483
    Southwest Aqua Sports
    5116 58th St Ste B, Lubbock, TX 79414
    (806) 780-2782
    SCUBA Center
    3030 State Highway 31 E, Tyler, TX 75702
    (903) 595-2703
    Sport Divers of Houston Inc
    20710 Gulf Fwy Ste 50, Webster, TX 77598
    (281) 338-1611
    Divers SCUBA of Ft Worth
    3807 Southwest Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116
    (817) 732-5761

    Diving technically means to plunge headfirst into a body of water. Yet, it can also refer to the underwater sport of diving, where people trained in SCUBA (Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus) use oxygen tanks and wet suits to explore reefs and caves. Students can also learn from them through courses. Professional divers are PADI certified (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), and their job is primarily in the realm of recovery. Some are called in by law enforcement agencies to search for missing persons who may have drowned, while others seek treasure. Still others deep dive for recreational purposes, many times on vacation in tropical locales. Either way, divers must obtain certification. They can get their licenses through training courses and lessons offered at diving schools. Snorkeling is a related underwater sport, but requires no oxygen tanks, just a tube used to breathe air above the water. Accessories needed to dive include masks, goggles, oxygen tanks, wet suits, and fins. Diving watches are also a good idea. Diving can be a fun pastime, as many people enjoy exploring the ocean and lakes, checking out exotic fish, turtles, and even shipwrecks. Professional divers can be members of the Navy, police department, or health and safety organizations. They often work together on a professional level to achieve search and rescue missions, for example. Many tourist locations at resorts offer diving instruction and excursions along the seashore. Gyms, schools, and local public pools may also offer regular scuba diving and deep diving instruction courses and lessons led by qualified instructors. Certification and licensing is a must. Snorkeling doesn't require a license, however.
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