If you are in Latvia, take a dip in Sloka Quarry - a diving top spot in Latvia. Those who have obtained a scuba diving certification in this country, without doubt, have undergone their practical training in Sloka. It's a unique experience, in fact. After completion of a training course, these people are less scared of night dives in warm seas as they have got used to poor visibility already.
Under the water, you will see some small fish, like perch and pike, and maybe some crabs. There is a whole assortment of other stuff too, to make the dive more attractive - a tent, a mock-up of a white shark, some stone formations, toilet bowl and chairs, all for the purpose to learn to find objects and orientate oneself under water.
Every year in June, Slokas Quarry celebrates its anniversary, marked by a divers' party with barbeque and a collective clean-up of the quarry and its neighborhood.
Shortly about scuba diving training:
Anyone can learn scuba diving, as no special physical preparedness is needed. There is nothing extreme about it, unless you venture to dive into caves or other risky underwater areas.
Several schools in Latvia offer scuba diving training and issue internationally recognized certifications. The most widespread is PADI training system, which allows diving anyplace in the world, wherever you see PADI sign.
The 1st level initial Open Waters Diver certification provides that you can dive to a maximum depth of 18m.
The 2nd level Advanced Open Waters Diver certification allows extending ones maximum depth to 40m. A total of 5 dives must be completed for this purpose - 2 core dives comprise a deep and underwater navigation. And then you can choose 3 adventure dives - dive into a current, identify fishes, dive with a scooter, etc.
There is a possibility to pass training and obtain a certification abroad too, at the same time getting the first glimpse of exotic underwater world there. Another option is to pass the first level in Latvia, and then continue elsewhere in the world - where visibility is better and water warmer.
To be able to dive in very cold water using dry suit, you have to complete a Dry Suit Specialty training course as well.
Keywords: scuba diving, Latvia, Sloka