Do you have to be Certified to Scuba Dive?

Legally, you do not have to be certified to scuba dive. However, most dive shops will not take you out for dives or rent equipment to you without a Scuba Certification Card.

However, there are a number of options for those who do not wish to obtain a Scuba Certification and who will only be diving on occasion.

There are many organizations that offer “introductory” scuba courses. You will not receive a scuba certification from these courses, but you will be able to dive under the supervision of an instructor after passing a basic diving skills test and learning some basic diving safety. The availability of these programs vary from organization to organization.

In any case, it is always a safe bet to take a scuba diving course to get yourself acquainted with diving, to maintain your personal safety, and to see if getting your Scuba Certification is something you wish to pursue.

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