Dive Right In Scuba - Scuba Diving Blog

The snow is piling up on your back deck, your driveway is like an ice rink, and the kids school has been cancelled because of inclement weather for 3 days now. It seems like your SCUBA skills would be the last thing you think of this time of the year, but nothing could be further from the truth! While you have obvious options like risking hypothermia and dislocated joints from wrestling yourself in that thick farmer john wetsuit to dive the iced over quarry, invest in a drysuit(not a bad idea whatsoever actually), or pack up the family and jet off to a tropical destination(your boss will approve…yeah right!). There is another option most don’t even think about, that is grab your SCUBA gear and hit the indoor heated pool!

Yes, I said it…chlorine, kids screaming, angry lifeguards and all. While it isn’t “real” diving it can be an outstanding option for blowing some bubbles and keeping your skills sharp in anticipation for that dream dive vacation you are spending hours planning and working for all year. The pool worked well for all of the basic skills for your open water class and it is still a great option to practice those skills and learn some new ones. With that in mind, lets take a quick look at what can be accomplished in a couple of hours at the pool;

While you may not have access to an indoor pool, or your pool may not allow SCUBA it doesn’t hurt to inquire about it. In addition, most if not all local dive shops either have a pool or access to a pool for training and would be willing to get you in the pool with their classes or groups for free or a small fee. This is surely an instance where being active in your local dive community comes in handy. So, stop sitting around dreaming about 88 degree clear water and get to your local indoor pool. Your skills and comfort level while underwater will surely thank you for it!