The ocean is a wilderness, not a zoo or park. When you scuba dive, you will encounter sea creatures in their natural habitat. You are the visitor in their world. Diving classes are designed to familiarize students with the undersea world and to practice skills required to be a competent scuba diver. Most sea creatures are passive and will not confront you or try to harm you. Unlike the extreme adventures on some reality TV shows, scuba diving can be a relaxing and awe-inspiring experience. If you are a thrill seeker, scuba diving may not be for you. It requires focus, organization and clear thinking. It also is not competitive. Cooperation is key. Your dive buddy is the person you will rely on if there is trouble. Your dive buddy will be the first to notice if you get separated from the dive party. Your dive buddy will also be expected to share his oxygen with you if you cannot breathe on your own. A good scuba course will not only train and educate students about diving, but instill a respect and appreciation of the world`s most vast and untamed wildernesses -- its oceans and lakes.