New for 2021, Tilden Woods Pool offered a “Discover Scuba” event in partnership with Atlantic Edge Diving, a PADI-certified dive school in Germantown. The course consisted of a dry-land safety and orientation briefing followed by a dive in the pool for about 45min. Everyone had a blast exploring TW from a new angle and we might have even made some new divers.
We hope to hold this event again in the future if there is interest. Please get in contact with the pool board if you have any questions.
More details from Atlantic Edge
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to find out but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a certification course, Scuba Try-It will let you try scuba diving to see if you like it. Try-It is usually about an hour, and a dive professional will be with you the entire time, helping you, making sure you’re comfortable, and answering any questions you have. While not an actual scuba certification, during the Scuba Try It experience you’ll learn how to use scuba equipment in shallow water and get a quick and easy introduction to what it takes to explore the underwater world.
If you are excited about scuba diving but initially nervous, then a Scuba Try It is for you! Great idea for those kids interested in Scuba Camp, but want to try it first!
What you learn
You learn the basics you need to dive under the direct supervision of a PADI Professional. One thing you’ll learn is that you really can breathe underwater and whether you like doing that or not. You will:
- Learn what wearing scuba equipment feels like and how easy it is to move around underwater while wearing it.
- Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater and learn whether you can be comfortable there.
- Learn some basic skills and safety rules that will carry over to your full scuba certification course when you are ready to take the next step.
The Scuba Gear You Use
All the equipment you will need is included in a Scuba Try-It experience. You’ll use all the basic scuba gear including a mask, snorkel, fins, a buoyancy compensating jacket (BCD) that carries your weights and scuba tank, a scuba regulator to breathe from, and instrumentation to monitor depth and air supply.
To participate in the Scuba Try It program you must be at least 10 years old. All participants will be required to complete a medical questionnaire, COVID-19 screening form, and liability release.