Not everyone has thought about how to go about learning to Scuba Dive or even thought about how to get their first dive in. In our experience when we ask most divers how their love for this amazing sport started, the general consensus is that they came across the idea on a holiday on some tropic getaway.
For those of you that have an adventurous side, or just need a push, we have outlined the basics of Scuba Diving including some guidelines to keep in mind for the future.
Just the thought of learning to scuba dive or going diving for the first time can make some people feel very nervous and apprehensive because breathing underwater seems so unnatural. But we want to assure you that by choosing the right Dive Shop or Resort if they have done their job right you will feel comfortable underwater within minutes. We just need to convince you to get there 🙂
Below are a few tips which keeps evolving as we get feedback from current and new Divers. These might help you get a better understanding of what to expect and some guidelines to keep in mind for your next course or dive.
- If you can, take time to research the Course or Dive Shop. Where do you want to learn? Which company do you want to go with? Does that company have a good reputation for safety and professionalism? Do they answer your queries promptly and in detail or do they just keep sending you an invoice for the deposit?
- Choose a good location – Warm water & good visibility are the best combinations for a beginner, locations such as Phuket, Koh Tao and Bali amongst others have some of the best waters for beginners. There are enough shallow dive sites around the world to get you started.
- Face your fears and don’t give up! The end result will a memorable experience and take your breath away! But, remember that in Scuba Diving getting too much out of your comfort zone isn’t the best idea. Safety is paramount and remaining calm even more so.
- Listen to the instructors – they’re very professional and know what they’re talking about.
- Learning the basics in the pool and then doing your first ocean dives in warm, clear shallow water – gives you a feeling of comfort. If possible always opt to do a pool session first.
- Theory is important – no one likes to study, but the dive theory really helps to ensure you understand whats happening and help you have a better dive.
- Drink lots of water and stay hydrated.
- Take seasick medication if you’re not sure how you will go travelling on a boat!
- Group size is important – You don’t want to be in too large a group, up to 8 is a good size.
- Do a liveaboard dive course that you gives you more dives than just your 4 training or qualifying dives. The extra practice really helps and the night dive was amazing. (We recommend this for currently certified Open Water Divers who are interested in getting the Advanced Certification)
- Try and dive again as soon as you can after you’ve done your course as it’s good to practice what you’ve learned while it’s still fresh in your mind. Once certified we recommend diving atleast once a year. (If you can’t then either avoid challenging dive sites or take a quick refresher)
- Don’t hold your breath! Just remember to keep breathing and try to relax.
- Diving is not a race. Take it slow and steady as this helps with your air consumption and you see more of the amazing scenery.
- When you buy a new mask you need to clean it out with toothpaste or defog it before using it for the first time.
- Make sure you are comfortable with your dive buddy – learn to dive with a friend if you can or make sure you are happy with your allocated dive buddy. If not let your instructor know so they can help you find a new one!
- Try to relax and breathe slowly so you don’t consume your air too quickly.
- Scuba diving or breathing underwater can be a strange feeling at first but if it’s your first time just give it a few minutes and we’re sure you’ll love it.
- Don’t drink too much alcohol the night before your dive trip – hangovers aren’t good for seasickness if it’s a bit bumpy and being seasick is the worst thing.
- Remember not to fly for 18-24 hours after diving. (Ask your dive shop for the best no fly time depending upon your dive depths)
- Most importantly – HAVE FUN!
We hope the above guidelines and tips help you have a better dive and get you to take the plunge soon.