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Diving 101

Challenge your body—and your sense of adventure—with this hardcore underwater sport

What’s more bad ass than Sean Connery in Goldfinger when he emerges from underwater with a duck decoy on his head, pops out his scuba regulator, scales a wall, roughs up a guard, plants some explosives and smoothly pulls off his dive gear to reveal a perfectly dry white tux? Uhh, you, learning to do the same thing, of course.

Okay, so maybe getting scuba certified won’t turn you into a world-famous secret agent and ladies man extraordinaire overnight—but it can help satisfy your inner adrenaline junkie, get you into awesome shape, teach you to stay calm and controlled under pressure and lead you to exotic locales all over the world. Here’s what you should know about getting your ‘license to dive’: