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The easy swim is held off the coast at the American University of Beirut, about 10 meters out for the beginner divers who are just testing the waters with the "Discover Scuba Diving" program set up by the Calypso Diving Club, based at the Movenpick Hotel in Raouche. The expert divers are farther out at sea, having been dropped off earlier, flawlessly slipping under the calm waters.Bassam Oud, the club manager at Calypso, said scuba diving was growing in popularity in Lebanon because the sport had become safer as a result of a growing understanding of the science of diving and improvements in the equipment. He added, however, that would-be divers should seek out diving centers with experienced trainers and proper safety procedures. In addition to Discover Scuba, Calypso offers full courses where divers can get internationally certified to pursue the sport anywhere they travel, as well as rescue and first-aid classes and cave-diving sessions, among others.After that, Oud said, divers can try out specialized experiences such as night diving to decide if they want to pursue more advanced courses and eventually even become certified as a diving instructor.Quality courses ensure that divers are taught proper safety procedures.
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