To breath underwater can be rather intimidating for some as we are essentially land creatures at the end of the day. Thanks to strict equipment regulations and safety training, scuba diving is actually an extremely safe sport that people of all abilities, ages, and sizes can enjoy. One of the best tools to put a concerning mind at ease is preparation. Should you be willing enough to take the plunge, there are a couple of things you should know and that’s where our scuba diving tips for beginners come in.
Scuba Diving Training
When you choose a scuba diving school, find out if you’ll be diving in cold or warm water, the sea life you can expect to see in the area, and the cost of accreditation involved. Obtaining an open water certificate can take up to 3 days, so you need to ensure that its both memorable and comfortable.
Your number one concern should be safety when it comes to choosing a diving school. Before selecting a school, read online reviews to find out if other divers complain about faulty equipment, missed safety briefings, or disorganization. A safe diving school offers a low student to diving instructor ratio, communicates clearly with students, and never leaves diving equipment lying around.
To maximise your comfort and confidence underwater, it is highly recommended to practice yoga and swimming for several months before starting your diving course. Yoga will assist you in focusing on your breathing, while swimming will help you maintain control underwater.
Health and Safety
Before going underwater, ensure you always check your diving equipment. There are several warning signs when it comes to faulty equipment, including air leaks, broken buckles, strange tasting/smelling air, and a jumping needle displayed on your air gauge. The most common calamity, while diving is getting your regulator, is having it knocked out of your mouth. Although this is never too serious, it does cause a lot of stress to divers. We suggest that you practice recovering your regulator by reaching towards your lower back until its second nature to you.
Its recommended that you avoid using an underwater camera on your first few diving attempts, even if the diving school will allow it. Those that are new to diving tend to play with the buttons and get distracted from what they are doing which causes them to ascend without them actually realising what’s going on. If you are prone to getting sick, ensure you take seasickness pills prior to diving. Never be afraid to ask your instructor or guide all the questions you want to ask, regardless of how ridiculous that might seem to you. Always remember that it’s better to avoid confusion while you diving and rather do it with confidence.
Lastly, if you are planning a vacation where you’ll dive, ensure you check the risk of flying and diving prior to hitting the runway. Never dive with a cold or sinus infection as it will be nearly impossible to equalise and extremely dangerous too.