Scuba Diving Without Certification: Can it be done?

Scuba diving without certification sounds lovely…imagine all the time and money you could save that way! Scuba diving is an exhilarating experience that makes the ocean’s underwater world accessible to us and allows us to see things that snorkeling doesn’t. Many people wonder why they have to be certified to dive. The short answer is that although scuba diving is very safe when a diver is certified, it can be very dangerous when you are scuba diving without certification. It is not illegal to dive without certification, but no reputable dive center or club would allow someone to dive with them without first being certified to scuba dive.

Can I be Scuba diving without certification?

It’s not that diving is difficult, it just requires a specific set of skills. When obtaining a dive certification, you learn the required basic information, like what gear you need, how diving affects your body, how to clear and equalize your ears, and other techniques and skills, like how to put it on your mask, what to do if you lose it and have to find it, and how to clear it of water. You’ll also learn about risks and safety protocols, diving terms, various hand signals, how to read your pressure and depth gauge, and how each piece of your gear works.

Scuba Diving Without Certification in Cancun 

That being said, there actually is one way you can scuba dive in Cancun “without” certification. Aquaworld’s Discover Scuba allows people between 10 and 65 years old to become temporarily certified, so you can learn, practice, and scuba dive in the ocean, all in one day!

First, you’ll receive a theoretical lesson, then a lesson in a swimming pool. Next, you’ll do a 1-tank dive in the ocean, in open water, at Manchones Reef or the Cancun Underwater Museum, where you will see coral, tropical fish, starfish, sea turtles, and rays. Scuba diving equipment will be provided.

After you’ve complete Discover Scuba with Aquaworld, you can dive again with Aquaworld during the same stay in Cancun using your temporary dive card, or you can complete the open water certification during the same trip in just three days, and use what you paid for Discover Scuba as credit towards the cost of the open water course.

Dive Certification Courses in Cancun

While some decide to remain at the beginner level, others choose to continue to advance their education. Different dive certifications allow divers to do different things. There are two main PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) and SDI (Scuba Diving International) certifications, open water diver and advanced open water diverOpen water diver certification allows you to dive down to depths of 60 feet, while advanced open water divers can dive to depths of 130 feet. Being certified makes it possible to explore less accessible reefs and deep shipwrecks, cenotes and caverns. Although most dive shops and clubs insist that those diving with them use a guide, these open water certifications allow divers to go out alone.

Are you ready to explore what’s below the surface of the sparkling blue Caribbean Sea? Get temporarily certified with Discover Scuba at Aquaworld during your next vacation in Cancun.