Scuba diving can be quite scary for beginners, but with a couple of valuable tips from a skilled instructor on dive safety and scuba gear, the fear will vanish. The following are five helpful diving tips for beginners.
1. Learn from a Professional Scuba Diving Instructor
Choose a PADI certified instructor – this tip cannot be overemphasised! Anyone who knows not to wear a wetsuit backwards can claim to be a diving instructor. If you are going to learn how to scuba dive, you want to learn from the best. Choose an outfit that is authorised by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) if you are ready for confined-water and open-water dives.
2. Always Carry A Spare
Unlike many other types of sports, scuba diving is not a sport you can do without proper preparation. You will have to travel to locations outside of your neighbourhood or region to go diving; you will need to plan your trip carefully and go with good quality gear. Sadly, things do go wrong sometimes – a little mishap can actually ruin an adventure that you have been planning for weeks. Mask and fin straps get broken, and if you do not have a spare on hand, you can ruin your carefully planned trip. Always come along with a mask defog, don’t make the mistake of counting on someone else on the boat to have a bottle. Tank valve o-rings blow out all the time, so bring spare o-rings.
3. Swim to The Surface with Great Care
Beginners often forget to surface carefully. When you are coming back to the surface, you should come up at least 30ft per minute.
Always put this valuable tip at the back of your mind when you are in doubt about your speed – you should not travel faster than the slowest bubbles you exhale. It is also very important that you do a safety stop at 15ft.
4. Do Not Hold Your Breath
When you are under water, NEVER hold your breath! It is natural for you to feel like you are going against your human instincts, but it is of the utmost importance to know that as you come up, the air expands in your lungs. In other words, with ample speed, it is possible to make your lungs burst – yes, the experience is as awful as it sounds. Don’t hold your breath when you are underwater.
5. Drink Lots of Water and Stay in Great Shape
Scuba diving is truly such an amazing workout, you hardly feel like you are working out. Remember, you will be exerting yourself, so you need to drink lots of water. Staying in shape is important for scuba diving (or any other sport for that matter). Do not go beyond your limits, unless you enjoy getting injured.
- Never go diving alone, go with a friend. Having someone close by in case of trouble is just common sense.
- Let someone know the exact location/site where you and your diving companion are diving.
- Look up the local emergency contact services in the area.