Understandably, scuba diving doesn’t appeal to everyone. It has a certain fear factor that some people just can’t overcome. They can agree and accept that the underwater offers an incredible beauty, whether colorful corals or bright fish or endangered species. But that still doesn’t quite compete with the fact that the ocean is terrifying, what with its currents and quells and sharks and all that stuff.
However, all too often it is just a matter of dipping your toe in. You probably love camping, but the idea of camping with a toddler is unthinkable… until you try it and realize it’s the best thing ever. The same goes for scuba diving. That’s why we have come up with a few top tips to help you get into the water and experience one of the greatest things you can ever do.
This is at the top of the list for good reason. The instructor you get, or the dive company you decide to go with, can have such a huge impact on your experience. But it isn’t just about the enjoyment you get or the views you see; it is also the fact that you are pretty much going to be putting your life in their hands. So, yeah, choosing the right one is pretty important. They’ll not just be in charge of you when you’re out in the deep blue, but be responsible for all the kit you’re wearing too. The best way to ensure you get a good one is to do your research. Speak to people who have scuba dived in the area, go online and look at reviews, meet the instructors in person, find out how many people will be in class. This last one is pretty important when it comes to settling nerves because if you are 1 of 12 people then eyes aren’t going to be on you as much.
Sure, your dive company or instructor is going to be supplying most of the equipment, if not all of it, but that doesn’t mean you can’t be proactive. We’re not saying you need to go and buy an oxygen tank. We just mean, go and buy some goggles that feel comfortable. Get a snorkel that has a good mouthpiece. Go and buy the best dive computer for beginners, something that will provide you with information to calm your nerves. You know, stuff like how long your oxygen can last at your current depth and beep when you should start heading back to the water. The more comfortable you are with your equipment the more relaxed you will be and the more you will be able to concentrate on things like your breathing.
There is no such thing as a stupid question, especially when you are diving. The people around you are probably thinking the same thing too. They may be experienced divers, but they’ll appreciate a refresher. So if you don’t know the signal for, “my oxygen has cut out,” then ask. If you don’t know how this specific regulator works or how to find buoyancy, then ask. The instructor will be more than happy to answer; after all, they aren’t going to want anything to happen on their watch.