When it comes to items on your bucket list, scuba diving is a popular choice. According to the Diving Equipment and Marketing Association (DEMA), this underwater activity attracts over three million scuba divers in the U.S. and as many as six million scuba divers around the globe.
If you’re a newbie and want to dive into the deep-sea, there are a number of things to consider. In a previous post Spin the Globe Project touched on the process of getting your Open Water and Advanced certifications in Thailand.
Apart from knowing the steps to getting scuba certified, you must master techniques to make the most out of your initial diving sessions, and here are seven ways to do so.
7 Things To Remember Before Scuba Diving For the First Time:
Research and Keep Moving
If you’re looking to invest time, effort, and energy into this, know that scuba diving involves a great deal of travel. So, make sure your passport is always up-to-date, you’ve learned how to properly organize your schedule, and are prepared for anything you may need on the trip. Knows Dive stresses that you should cover all bases during your research: from the weather, directions to the site, what you will see, and more. The better prepared you are, the more confident you will be when you dive.
2. Fight Fatigue
Diving is much more challenging on the body than it looks, and it is vital that you arrive to the dive site fresh. So, ensure you get a good nights sleep before diving. Leesa state that sleep deprivation can affect your memory and wreck your mood. This is the last thing you want when diving, since you need to have your wits about you before, during, and after you get into the water. You also want to be in the best mood possible, so that you can appreciate how fun diving can be.
3. Acclimatize Yourself
From breathing through a scuba regulator to the noise underwater, there are a number of things you have to be aware of when it comes to scuba diving. There are a handful of approaches you can apply to make the transition easier. To improve your breathing technique, Though Co. suggests that you should practice breathing through the regulator above water. Then, lower your face into the water to get a better feel of things. As for the noise, it takes a number of dives to get used to it, so just keep at it.
4. Move Freely
The same article from Thought Co. emphasizes that you should relax when swimming in the ocean. Don’t go against the tide, so to speak. Allow gravity to take you down, and let your buoyancy compensator and the water do the work. Just always be alert and aware where your fellow divers are.
5. Pay Attention
It’s easy to be overcome with excitement before you hit the water. However, you cannot afford to not pay attention to your instructors, either during training or even after you have passed. They will be able to provide some important tips and advice on the dive site. Also, don’t be shy, take the learning-like-a-sponge mentality and ask questions you might have.
6. Stay Hydrated and Fed
Keeping your hydration levels in check is something that can easily be forgotten once you are ocean-bound. However, always keep in mind that when you dive, you expend a ton of energy and burn a lot of calories. So, it’s always smart to have packed meals and water on board.
7. Don’t Forget Your Training
Making Different notes that make an ascent quicker than your rising bubbles leads to decompression sickness, which is potentially life-threatening. You may experience visual disturbance and headaches and even mild pain in different joints of your body. This is one of the most important rules of diving, which is why we are going over it again.
Remember, scuba diving can be a never-ending adventure when you dive responsibly. Please stay informed, alert, don’t harass marine life, and never litter in the ocean or on your dive boat so everyone can enjoy life under water for years to come!