Diving is called diving under water with the ability to breathe using special equipment. Freediving - this is swimming underwater for breath-holding, without scuba gear. In both sports, classes begin with introductory lectures and hand dives with an instructor in the pool or in shallow water. Then, after completing the training, you can try to dive yourself.
The ability to swim for the first dive is not necessary: a vest filled with air (compensator for buoyancy) will not allow you to dive below the level that an experienced instructor will determine. If you decide that you want to seriously go diving, with the help of an instructor you will quickly learn how to swim too.
By the way, under water the body becomes so light that there is a complete illusion of weightlessness. For this reason, so many people with disabilities go diving: often in the water they regain freedom of movement.
There are several large diving associations (PADI, CMAS, NAUI and others), in large cities you can find their representatives.
Choose the one that is closer to your home - they all offer a similar set of services. To choose an instructor, observe how classes with beginners take place - you can sit by the pool and see with what faces the students return to the surface. If they are scared or puzzled, then the dive was not comfortable.
If you plan to make a test dive abroad, make sure that the instructor really has a certificate and can teach. It is important that he speaks a language that you know very well - it will be easier to understand all the subtleties.
If you think that the instructor is rude or too in a hurry, you don’t think so. Spend an extra day looking for a professional - your experience will be completely different.
For the first dive, a swimsuit or swimming trunks is enough - all the rest you will be selected by the size of the instructors. If you decide to practice regularly and buy personal equipment, do not rush or do this without first consulting your instructor. On the Web, there is a lot of used one-time ekip that did not fit, because it was bought without taking into account all the nuances.
Yes, diving is not cheap. A trial lesson will cost from 1500 rubles. You can save a little if you pay for several classes at once. Diving in a group is traditionally cheaper than an individual.
If the rental equipment does not suit you, you will have to purchase: a mask (about 2500 rubles), flippers (most often the divers have several pairs for different types of dives, from 3000 rubles), a wetsuit (usually two, summer and winter, price - from 6000 rubles), bots (price - from 2200 rubles).
The buoyancy compensator will cost 9000-12000 rubles, depending on the type and brand of the manufacturer, the fully equipped regulator - from 50 000 rubles.
Practice shows that those who seriously fall in love with diving, find the means to do this - change jobs to one where income is higher, open their own business. So intention attracts opportunity.