Scuba-diving myths

You don’t have to be a good swimmer to go scuba diving. You don’t have to do it in the summer. And about a third of the scuba divers being certified these days are women.

Those are some of the “myth-busting” facts about scuba diving that the LeisurePro scuba equipment company wants you to know.

The scuba industry group, the Professional Association of Diving Instructors, said that overall in the U.S., the number of women becoming certified these days is about a third of the total.

Ben Teichberg, LeisurePro’s Master Scuba Instructor, who has taught more than 4,000 divers in the past 15 years, from children to seniors, says about half of his clients are women.

Teichberg also says that many divers are not good swimmers, but they can dive safely thanks to scuba equipment and the nature of underwater movement.

Most diver-training organizations require candidates to be 15 years old for full certification, but Teichberg says many 11-13-year-olds who are up for the challenge of handling the equipment and training can be taught to dive.

Teichberg also says that special diving equipment and suits keep divers warm regardless of water temperature. Visibility in Northeastern coastal waters is actually better in the winter than in the fall, he added.