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The underwater world has always fascinated me This is why I decided to become a certified scuba diver for my Senior Project Because scuba diving is something I had never experienced before this gave me the opportunity to challenge myself and broaden my horizons I was placed in an unusual and scary environment and I attempted skills that I had just learned moments before Not only did I obtain skills in an activity I may pursue in the future but I also learned a lot about myself and how I react in different and stressful situations WHAT I KNEW When I began my project I knew very little about scuba diving I knew that it involved air tanks so humans can stay underwater for long periods of time I knew that scuba diving is an expensive sport I knew that a person could develop a self-supporting career in this field I knew that you must be in good health to be a scuba diver I also understood that scuba divers are great tools in underwater searches and in exploring wreckage I also thought I knew many things that turned out to be false WHAT I NEEDED TO RESEARCH When I began my project a long and windy road of research stretched before me I was basically clueless I needed to know what equipment is required for both snorkeling and open water diving I had to learn how to choose this equipment and once I had purchased it I had to research how to use it properly and take care of it I needed to learn about pressure and how to minimize its effects I also had to be taught about underwater life and its proper treatment It was necessary for me to understand which instruments are used to track our dive parameters and how to use them for which purpose I also needed to learn what kind of environmental conditions I must be
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