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Taking the Plunge with Scuba Ventures in Shreveport

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KTBS 3's Brian Fowler loves to venture out and try new things. He can now check scuba diving off of his bucket list. Brian went to Scuba Ventures in Shreveport to try to learn how to scuba dive. Part of his training included classroom studies as well as actual diving.

Scuba Ventures Instructor John Murray suggests going through the open water dive book and on-line training ahead of time so you can get a good general knowledge of things.

Being able to breathe underwater requires more than knowledge, it requires gear. If it's your first dive or a discovery dive, make sure you get a licensed Master Diver to help get you fitted for your wet suit, BCD or buoyancy control device which is attached to your tank. All together, the equipment weighs around 60 pounds but fortunately, you'll be in the water, at least most of the time that you're strapped to the equipment.

Once you're all geared up and ready to go, you'll take what's called a "giant stride" into the pool or body of water that you'll be diving in. Remember to stay focused on the basics. Your first dive in the pool is about 4 feet so your head is barely under the water and you get to just sit there and breathe until you get comfortable with it.

As overwhelming as it may seem at first, oddly enough, getting an open water certification doesn't take up a whole lot of your personal time.

"Two weekends and two week nights. The class is normally a Saturday, Sunday and a Wednesday evening and that's including the pool. Then, we have an open water session with a classroom session after that" says Jason Feldt, owner of Scuba Ventures.

During the certification process, you get to learn different skills and how the equipment works. You have to be comfortable with your gear so you don't panic in the water. The most important part of the gear is the oxygen tank. Since you can't live without it, you'll practice losing your regulator or breathing apparatus underwater and learn how to recover it in case you ever lose it on a dive.

Once you get certified and comfortable with your equipment, you can have some real fun diving. Just always remember to respect the underwater wildlife, you are afterall, venturing into their world.

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