Ready to take the plunge into the world of scuba diving? Whether you are a complete beginner, or you have some experience under your belt, there are many tips that can help make your first dive more enjoyable. With this blog post, we will share with you what we consider to be our top five tips for new divers.
Be a confident swimmer, learn how to swim
Scuba diving is exciting. If you can’t swim, you might have trouble with it. In the PADI scuba diving course and the BSCA (British Sub-Aqua Club Association) diving course, you will have to swim 200 meters (656 feet). You also need to be able to tread water for 10 minutes. If these two tests don’t make you go away, then head straight to the dive centre. But if your concern is that your swimming skills are not good enough, then first improve them before going on a scuba diving course. Confidence is important for any sport. But it is even more important when you are scuba diving because it’s in an underwater environment. If anything goes wrong, panic can be dangerous. In a DAN survey it is found that 40 to 60% of scuba diver deaths were associated with panic.
Choose the right dive center to learn diving
Scuba diving is different from most other activities. You can’t just join any club, read the manual and go scuba diving on your own. There are some things you need to know, like how to behave underwater or what equipment you need for scuba diving before going in the water. Your safety depends on this knowledge! So do not go with any dive center, but choose one that you trust. Make sure they have a good reputation and are an active member of the national or international association for scuba diving centres (PADI/BSAC)
Take your time to learn about Diving
Divers use many types of equipment while being underwater. It is important that you know how to use everything before going on a scuba diving trip. In the beginning, you can only have an overview of what is needed for each dive and why this equipment is used in that way. If you ask too many questions after your first few dives, people may think that you are not serious about it. And if anyone thinks that you are not serious, then it will be difficult for you to learn. Take your time and don’t rush anything.
Start diving with a professional instructor
When you start scuba diving, only do one dive per day to begin with. Most professionals recommend that first-time divers should try four dives over two days so they can get used to the equipment and the environment. Don’t just grab anyone to be your instructor. Make sure that you are comfortable with them before going underwater, because you will have to do everything they say! Underwater communication is very important for safety reasons so make sure it’s practiced well before diving deeper than ten meters (32 feet).
Fish isn’t the only thing you’ll see when diving
Most people think that scuba diving is all about seeing fish. They have a legitimate reason for this – most of the time divers are swimming with fish, but there’s so much more to it than just being surrounded by colourful animals! If you can’t swim well or don’t like breathing through a regulator, then scuba diving isn’t for you. But if you like swimming and breathing through a regulator, try to find out what else there is besides fish. The ocean has many different types of underwater life that can be found in caves or wrecks, such as sharks or octopuses. So get your mask on and dive deeper than ten meters (32 feet) to find out what else there is under the ocean!
Do jump into a pool for a dive
It can be tempting to take a quick dive, just to try it out. But if you want to get certified for scuba diving, then do the open water training in an actual lake or ocean. This is where your skills will be tested and there are more risks involved than in a pool. If something goes wrong while practicing deep dives (more than 20 meters/66 feet), the water is deep and you might need to use an alternate air supply (hookah) or be rescued. So it’s important that your skills are good enough before practicing in a lake instead of a pool!
Don’t get stuck at home after getting certified
After getting certified for scuba diving, you can’t just sit at home and wait for your next diving trip. The world is big and you never know what kind of underwater activities there are to do! Scuba divers use their skills in many different areas, not only for fun but also as a profession. So if you want to stay active after getting certified, join some clubs or groups that are related to scuba diving. You could also look for some dive jobs or internships, but make sure you actually enjoy your work!
Don’t forget about your health while doing water sports
If you want to keep up with the newest trends in watersports, don’t let it get out of hand and ruin your life. Yes, it might be a good idea to try something new every once in a while, but don’t neglect your health. If you constantly go from one extreme sport to the other without planning ahead, then there’s no way that you will have time for anything else! So remember: balance is key when going down with the ship into deep waters.
Before you learn to dive, learn how to snorkel
If you have never tried scuba diving, you should do it before you buy all the equipment. You can try a test dive in a pool or in shallow water with a qualified instructor. Then, if you love it and want to keep going, buy the equipment. If not, then don’t spend money on that equipment because it’s not for you. If you still want to go under the water, then try snorkeling! It’s much easier than scuba diving and it will teach you about breathing through a regulator before doing your open water dives.
Do not push yourself too hard
If something hurts or doesn’t feel right while practicing in shallow waters (up to ten meters/32 feet), then stop doing it. You can always try again once you’ve healed or until your next diving trip, but don’t push yourself to the limit if something’s wrong! There are many ways of practicing how to dive and there is no need for putting too much stress on yourself when you could hurt yourself in the process.
Don’t forget to relax
After all, you’re not going on a diving trip every day! If the only time you go under water is when you practice in shallow waters or do deep dives with an instructor and your skills aren’t perfect yet – then just take it easy. Relaxing will help keep your muscles loose and avoid cramps while exercising underwater, so don’t forget to enjoy the moment and stay calm.
As a beginner, you should ask lots of questions
You don’t need to be afraid to ask. If you’re afraid, just ask someone else who can answer your question. Answers help you know what is going on with diving and will make you safer. If you ever have a doubt about something, just ask!
Progression of your experience with scuba diving
If you want to go scuba diving in water that is different than where you learned how to scuba dive, then you need more training. For example, if it is cold or there is less visibility, then you need more training and support while you are a beginner.
You can ask to change your buddy before a dive
As a beginner scuba diver, you want to feel comfortable and confident in your dive buddy. If you are allocated a dive buddy who you don’t have confidence with for any reason, ask them to be changed. You want to spend time having fun under the water instead of worrying about your dive buddy.
The okay signal is an answer and a question
The most used signal for scuba diving is the okay signal. If someone uses the okay sign, always answer with the same sign if you are okay. If you are not okay, use the “I’m out” signal.
Don’t touch anything underwater unless it is alive or made of plastic
If something looks like it might be dangerous, then don’t touch it! There’s no need to put your life at risk by touching things that could kill you while scuba diving. If an animal or object looks dangerous, then just leave it alone.
Don’t do anything you are not comfortable with while scuba diving
If something is uncomfortable for any reason when you are scuba diving, ask your instructor to change the situation or make sure that they know why you want a different activity. If you don’t feel safe doing certain activities, then don’t do them.
Mouth-to-mouth contact is not allowed in scuba diving
Even if you are kissing, it’s still against the rules to kiss underwater. Even though some people think that they can get away with touching someone while they’re underwater for a short time – be smart and just don’t do it.
When you dive in a current, go with the current
No matter how strong the current is, always swim with it. You will use less energy and air if you go with the current. If you are swimming in a strong current (i.e., drift dives), this can be fun because you feel like you are flying.
Learn how to clear your mask
When your mask is filled with water, you can’t see anything. It’s important to learn how to clear it so that you don’t drown when the visibility isn’t good enough. Always remember this simple four step process: pinch nose, blow out through mouth, wipe off and clear again if necessary!
Clear your ears when you are going down or coming up
Never dive if you cannot clear your ears. If it is difficult to clear your ears as you descend, then go up a few meters and try again. Never do this if you have a cold or sinus infection. Do not use decongestants when scuba diving.
Fogging dive mask
When you have a fogging mask, just use the defogging solution that is on your dive table. If it isn’t working and you cannot see anything underwater – then ask for help or go up to the surface! Never jump in water where you can not see because this means it’s too deep.
If something goes wrong while scuba diving, don’t panic
If you have a problem underwater and you can not solve it on your own – then signal for help. If something is wrong or dangerous with scuba diving equipment and you cannot fix it yourself – ask someone to help! There’s no shame in asking for extra support when there is an issue.
When going up, control your buoyancy
When you are going up, make sure to use the right amount of air in your BCD so that you can ascend slowly. If you go too fast or if there is not enough air – then this puts a lot of pressure on your ears and lungs which hurts! Control yourself when ascending by slowing down again if necessary.
Never let go of your scuba gear and always pay attention to safety
You must always hold onto at least one piece of equipment (i.e., regulator, BCD or mask) while you are underwater so that it does not get lost! If something goes wrong with the equipment during a dive – then make sure to signal for help before trying to fix it yourself. Remember that safety is always the most important thing when you are in the water!
Never shoot at anything underwater
Even if there are lots of fish, never try shooting them with your gun or by throwing things because this will scare them away and ruin the dive for others nearby. You don’t want to hurt the fish so just enjoy them and leave them alone.
Prevent mask squeezing
If your mask squeezes too tightly on your face, it will hurt and you cannot see anything. If this happens to you – then just let someone know that there is a problem or ask them to help loosen the straps before continuing with diving! Ask for extra support if necessary.
To prevent ear pain while scuba diving
Never try to dive with a cold or if you have ear infections. You can also get water in your ears while diving which will cause pain and hurt your eardrums. Make sure to always equalize when descending, ascending and on the surface of the water!
Build up your experience by doing as many things as you can
Scuba diving is a lot of fun but it can also be dangerous if you don’t know what to do. If possible, try to take several classes in order to build up your experience and knowledge about the sport before actually jumping into scuba diving! Always stay safe when underwater with all water activities.
How to recover your regulator
If your regulator gets lost underwater, you can try to find it by looking for bubbles. The last person who was diving with the equipment must have been very light headed! Try asking someone else or signal them so that they come and help you find the missing gear. If this doesn’t work – then just go up slowly without using a regulator because it is not worth risking your life to save a piece of equipment.
Don’t panic if you see blood in mask
Scuba diving is fun when you are in the water. When you go up from a dive, blood can come into your mask. This is because of the pressure of the water at depth and it does not mean there is anything wrong with you. It can happen if you have sinus problems and this makes it hard to breathe. If the problem continues and worries you, talk to a doctor or ask for help from someone else who knows about medicine.
Never hold your breath while diving
When scuba diving, you are constantly breathing out air. If you try to hold your breath for too long – then the oxygen in the tank will run out and this is dangerous! Remember that it’s always better to breathe slowly instead of holding your breath underwater because there can be problems when doing so.
Learn about Nitrogen Narcosis
Nitrogen Narcosis can be very dangerous if it is not understood. It makes you act like you are drunk and this is why scuba divers must always go up slowly in order to avoid having problems while underwater!
Make sure your gear fits properly
You want to make sure that all of the equipment fits correctly before diving with it. You don’t want to get tangled up or have it come loose while underwater. It is also important that everything fits properly so you can move around easily in the water and not become exhausted for no reason during a dive!
If your mask floods
It’s normal that masks flood when diving since they are exposed to pressure changes in the water. It is important to let your dive buddy know if this happens so they can help you fix the problem. If possible, try breathing out of your nose while descending or ascending because this will prevent flooding and make it easier for you to see underwater!
Log your scuba dives
Keeping a log of your scuba dives is good because it can help you learn about diving and show how much experience you have. It also helps to remember where and what you dove. This also helps you find old equipment and know where to go diving again!
If your regulator malfunctions
This can be scary – but it is important that you stay calm. Try not to panic and try the backup regulator if there’s one available. If this does not work, then let someone else know or signal them so they come help you. If this doesn’t work – then go up slowly without breathing from the regulator because it is not worth risking your life to save a piece of equipment!
If your tank valve malfunctions
A malfunctioning tank valve can be scary but you should always try and stay calm. It’s important that you signal for help or let someone else know so they can come to your rescue. If this doesn’t work – then just go up slowly without using a regulator because it is not worth risking your life to save a piece of equipment!
Diving from a beach
It is not recommended to dive from a beach until you have been diving for at least 60 days. This gives your body time to adjust and makes it easier for you because there are less waves that will make the water hard to see in! If after this amount of time – then going from a shore can be great fun if done properly. To dive from a beach you should find a beach that the waves are not too big. When you start to get in the water, go backwards into it.
It’s important that you learn to dive slowly – especially if it is your first time! Make sure you take a class and get tips from someone who knows how to do this. Look around underwater before going down deeper into the water because there could be rocks or other things that can injure you.
Diving in lakes
Scuba diving in lakes is fun. You can see wildlife there too, like fish. Lakes are also good for scuba training if you live far away from the ocean.
Take scuba learning as an investment
When you take a scuba diving class – it’s important to look at this as an investment not only in your safety but also for fun. This is one of the best things that you can do with your life since there are few other activities out there that let people experience such beautiful and exciting views!
You should take care of your scuba equipment and it will take care of you!
Scuba divers should always check their equipment before diving and make sure everything is ready to go. You don’t want your tank or regulator malfunctioning underwater because it could lead to a very dangerous situation! Make sure you look over all of the gear and know how each part works so that there are no surprises when you get in the water.
Get a dive computer
Scuba divers should get their own dive computer. This is a great way to keep track of your dives and see how much experience you have underwater. Dive computers are also important because they can be used as safety devices in case something happens while you’re diving!
Take a knife while diving
It’s important to take a knife with you when diving because it can help if something happens. If you end up stuck somewhere underwater without air, then using the knife is an option that could save your life!
Underwater writing pad
One of the best things that you can do underwater is to use an underwater writing pad. These are great for taking notes and recording what types of fish or other creatures you see while diving!
Always take a torch
Divers carry a torch underwater. This is good for night dives, but it is also good for daytime dives when the colors are lost in the water. They can use the light to make things visible again and bring back their color.
It’s important that you always take a torch with you when scuba diving. This is the only light underwater and it can be used as an emergency signal if something happens! It will also help to see where you’re going in darker areas of water too.
Choosing a mask for scuba diving
It is not hard. You want to make sure that the one you pick has:
Good visibility: so you can see what’s going on around you and come up with the best plan for your dive.
Good fit: so it doesn’t leak, get in your eyes, or get too heavy to hold on to.
Good comfort: so you feel good while wearing it.
You should pick a few different ones and try them on in the store to be sure that one fits well.
Choosing your fins for scuba diving
There are several things to consider when choosing which fin will work best for you, including: Boot material Shoe fit Size of the blade
Scuba boots should be made of a material that is durable and provides good resistance to salt water. One with buckles for adjustment rather than laces will make it easier to adjust while in your wetsuit, drysuit or bare feet. The fit needs to be secure but not too tight as you need space inside the boot for your feet to swell during the dive.
Choosing a scuba tank
There are two main types of tanks: aluminum and steel. Aluminum is more lightweight, but will dent easier than a steel one. Steel provides better impact resistance when dropped or scraped on rocks while diving, which can happen quite often at some sites! Make sure you find a tank that is the right size and weight for your needs.
Choosing weights for scuba diving
You want to pick an amount of weight that provides buoyancy equivalent to 15-20lbs when you’re underwater fully dressed with all gear on. The extra weight will help keep you stable in water, but not so much as to make you uncomfortable or tire your muscles out by the end of a dive.
Scuba diving is an amazing activity and it’s important to take good care of your equipment so that you have a safe, fun experience! If something goes wrong with any part of your gear, then be sure to know how to fix things before going underwater because it could save your life!
Wetsuit for scoba diving
A wetsuit is a great way to make sure that your body stays warm while you’re scuba diving. A good name brand suit will also provide plenty of flexibility and comfort which helps keep you moving with ease as well!
How to choose dry suit
There are two main types of dry suits: one piece or two piece. One-piece is great because it will fit well and not leak, but it can be harder to get into if you’re wearing gloves. Two-piece ones are easy to get on and off just like a jumpsuit, though they can sometimes let in water. They’re also easier to get in and out of while underwater!
One piece or two-piece? It depends on what you think will work best for your needs, but remember that if you get a one-piece suit it’s harder to get wet!
How to choose dive watch?
There are lots of choices when it comes to dive watches. You can choose from watches that are: Analog Digital Beeping (for those with hearing issues)
The main things you want to consider when choosing a dive watch include: Maximum depth for which it’s rated Display size and clarity Additional features, such as backlight or countdown timer.
Make sure the one you pick has all of the features you want, but also has the right amount of water resistance so it won’t break.
How to choose dive computer
There are several things to consider when you’re looking for a dive computer, including: Maximum depth for which it’s rated Water temperature Sulphur gas Durability Battery life Additional features, such as backlight or countdown timer.
The dive computer you choose should be rated for the depth you do most often, and have all of the features that are important to you. Keep in mind that battery life is also very important!
How to choose BCD?
A few things to consider when choosing your buoyancy control device (BCD) include: Type (back inflate or wing) Size Type of inflation mechanism Comfort Durability
An adjustable BCD is great because it will be comfortable no matter what size you are, but remember that if it’s too bulky then you won’t have full range of motion in your arms. Look for one with a high-quality fabric and plenty of pockets so that you can keep everything organized.
How to choose snorkel mask?
When you’re choosing a snorkel mask there are several factors to consider such as: Style (frameless or framed) Fit Comfort Durability
Getting a frameless one is great because it will be lightweight and comfortable, but remember that they’re harder to fix if they break!
A frameless mask is lighter and more comfortable, but it’s harder to fix if something happens.
Framed masks are heavier and less flexible, but they’re also easier to fix in case they break. So it depends on what you think you’ll need most: comfort or ease of fixing?
to get them on and off.
How to choose snorkel fins
There are a few things to consider when choosing your snorkel fins: Size Type of material Comfort Flexibility Durability
The best kind is split so that they can mold to the shape of your foot and toes, but avoid regular straps if you get fin socks because it might be too hard to get them on and off.
There are several things to consider when you’re looking for scuba diving fins, including: Size Type of material Comfort Flexibility Durability
If the fins feel comfortable when you try them on in the store then that’s usually a good sign that they’ll be cozy when you’re underwater too! Make sure that you can move your feet well in them, and that they have a good grip on the soles so you won’t slip.
Always have a compass with
Underwater is different than on land. It is more complicated and not as easy to find your ways. Use a compass and you will make it out alive! Don’t be a hero and go in for a swim without one.
Scuba diving with animals
You must know that there are some animals you cannot touch while diving, because it is against the law.Watch out for these animals while scuba-diving!
Sharks,Turtles,Nudibranchs Eels, Jellyfish, Seahorses, Dolphins, Stingrays, Moray eels, Lobsters,Crabs If you want to be extra safe you can ask the local park before diving what animals are there, and if they are poisonous.
Diving with an open wound
It is very dangerous for you, because of all the water that will get inside your wound. This may cause infections or make it worse.Do not go scuba-diving with open wounds! Make sure that all of your wounds are healed or you can get an infection, which will be bad!
If you follow these beginner tips, then your scuba diving experience will be a lot more fun! So keep an open mind while exploring what’s under water. If something isn’t working or doesn’t feel right – don’t force it because there are many other ways of doing things underwater.