Ocean Diver No 1: Will Saskia make the grade?
Three veterans recall their early diving days.
Where in the world to dive: a beginner's guide.
What do all those bits and pieces of equipment do?
Underwater photography; first steps in Caymans.
Join TV's Esther McVey on her first open-water dive.
|THERE is something about your first scuba dive that makes you want to do it again and again. Whether it is the novelty, the weightlessnesss or the element of discovery, the feeling does not wear off.
What beginners also soon realise is that there are so many ways to apply their new skills. Marine biology, shipwrecks, photography and video, archaeology, the many branches of advanced or "technical" diving, cave exploration - you set your own limits.
This Discover Diving special follows two new divers and a trainee underwater photographer as they progress from the shallows to the depths.
It also traces the careers of three experienced divers back from the depths to the shallows! Included too are concise guides to the equipment you will use and the parts of the world you can dive.
If you have yet to experience the thrill of diving, now is your chance. The British Sub-Aqua Club offers Try-Dive sessions at 1250 club branches across the country.
During National Try-Dive Week you can visit any participating branch for a two-hour session with a qualified BSAC instructor. A brief theory lesson will be followed by your first trial dive in a heated pool - all equipment is provided.
If you like what you find, you can take the plunge and join your local BSAC branch, which means an instant set of buddies, kit and, if you choose, social life.
Starting with the Novice I qualification you can work your way up through the club system to the level of Sports Diver (which allows you to dive without instructor supervision) and beyond. If you prefer the fast-track approach, you can opt for Ocean Diver, the new entry-level open-water qualification offered by BSAC schools in the UK and overseas resorts - see our lead story. You can still go on to join a BSAC branch to gain new skills and qualifications. The main thing is: get diving!