Common Scuba Diving Myths

Scuba diving is the best sport in the world. At least that’s what we think at SPE Dive School in Maryland, and it’s what many of our students end up thinking once we show them the ropes. Unfortunately, many people let their misconceptions about the sport keep them from ever signing up for SCUBA diving school. Common myths about SCUBA diving that might be holding you back from embracing the sport include:

“Scuba Diving Isn’t Exciting” – if you’re someone who thinks that SCUBA diving won’t be exciting, then you’ve been looking at what SCUBA diving offers all wrong. When you start a SCUBA diving school program, you’ll start slow so you can learn the basics – this is necessary so you don’t get hurt, because SCUBA diving can be dangerous if done without a proper understanding of safety basics. However, once you understand the basics that SPE Dive School has to teach, you open yourself up to a world of exciting experiences that only SCUBA divers get to enjoy – like exploring sunken ships, underwater caves, reefs, and even aquatic life like dolphins, whales, and turtles.

“Scuba Diving Is Too Expensive” – obviously, this is relative, and it depends on where you go. At SPE Dive School, our main focus is on teaching the art and skill of SCUBA diving, not on upselling expensive equipment to our students. If you know that you won’t be able to SCUBA dive more than a few times a year, then it may be in your best financial interest to forgo the purchase of SCUBA equipment and instead rent equipment from reputable dive shops. Most well known SCUBA destinations have places where you can walk in and rent SCUBA gear on the fly. Remember to carry your certification from SPE Dive School, however, because a reputable shop will never rent gear to someone without proof of diving school completion.

“All the Best Scuba Spots Are Too Far Away” – SPE Dive School is a professional SCUBA diving school located in the Friendship Heights neighborhood of Washington, DC and most of our students come from all around Maryland, northern Virginia, and southern Pennsylvania. Not only is this a great region for local SCUBA diving, Washington, DC is only a short three hour flight from the Grand Cayman Islands – considered by many to be one of the premier diving destinations in the world. In addition to the option to explore Grand Cayman on your own once you graduate from our SCUBA diving school, you can also take part in one of the Grand Cayman excursions that we regularly organize.

“Snorkeling is Just As Fun” – don’t get us wrong, snorkeling is a great way to introduce yourself to the world that lives underwater, but attending SCUBA diving school will give you the skills you need to go deeper and see more than you ever could with just a snorkel and a face mask.

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