Ever tried breathing underwater? Scuba diving is the fun-filled activity that will let you find out how it feels! Breathing underwater is a unique experience. It does take a bit of getting used to, but with PADI training and practice, you’ll soon have the hang of it. Before you know it, you will be enjoying the underwater scenery, and not worrying about the fact that you are out of your natural habitat. So, as a novice diver, your biggest challenge could be more about how to get used to the equipment you use when breathing underwater than anything else, even if you are a nervous type, fighting to overcome some of your fears of jumping into the deep, dark unknown.
As for the instructors, the biggest challenge they face is not motivating the participants to get into the water. Conversely, they often have to coax the participants out of the water when the lesson or dive session is over.
But, even after the dive session, once you are breathing naturally again, you get to appreciate the beautiful scenery of the best coastal destinations the planet has to offer. South Africa’s long coastline provides some of the best scuba diving destinations in the world. Aliwal Shoal, Sodwana Bay, False Bay and Protea Bay are among some of the top scuba diving destinations in the world.
Your Scuba Diving Learning Curve
If you do your diving course through Scuba Scene in Pretoria, a PADI professional will supervise and guide you through the programme. Here are some of the things you will learn on your way to becoming a certified Open Water scuba diver:
- All about scuba diving equipment, from what you will need, to how to use it properly, to experiencing the ease with which you move around underwater wearing your wetsuit and fins.
- All about safety when diving, from basic rules of safety to helpful skills and protocols that could save your life if something does go wrong
- All about how to breathe underwater, finding out the right and wrong way to use your breathing apparatus.
Scuba Diving Gear
The basic gear that you would be using when scuba diving includes things like: a mask, fins and snorkel, a jacket to compensate buoyancy and double up as a convenient way to carry your scuba tank, instrumentation for monitoring air supply and depth, a scuba regulator for breathing are among some of the essential supplies that you will need. A weight system and a scuba wetsuit may also be needed depending on the location chosen for your scuba diving program.
To learn more about scuba diving in South Africa, contact Scuba Scene.
You don’t have to worry about training or equipments since most Scuba Diving destinations across South Africa have shops to help you out. You can even use a regular water body or a pool to gain some experience before you actually take to the sport.