Beginner diving – If you never experienced scuba diving or deep diving, here are a few pointers for any amateurs that want to go for it.
Familiarize yourself with the sport
Unlike most of the other sports where you can just pick a ball and hit it or shoot it at a hoop, diving requires a bit of training in order to have a good and safe experience.
Taking up diving courses will help you get the basic knowledge about it and usually consists of 3 parts: basic knowledge of diving in closed and open water, practicing basic scuba skills in confined water such as breathing, removing the mask and controlling your buoyancy (weight) and finally the test in open water under the observation of the instruction. Overcome these 3 steps and you are an official scuba diver!
Relax, it’s a recreation, not an obligation
It’s true! It’s exciting to dive, especially if you never did it before or you just passed the training and it will be your first adventure into the deep blue without the supervision of an experienced instructor. Beginner diving is a wonderful experience.
Getting overexcited about a dive can result in faster movements in the water that result in faster exhaustion of the body, faster depletion of the air supply which in turn will bring the diving expedition to a faster end, not to mentions that most of the underwater creatures are frightened by fast divers. A faster end means that you definitely lost some incredible views, and you don’t want that!
Specific weight for specific areas
One of the most important aspects of diving is the control over the total weight you have with all the equipment on. Different areas and environments have different requirements.
For example, warm water dives will require a thinner wetsuit (requires less weight), whether cold waters need a thicker wetsuit (more weight). Having not enough weight could cause troubles when descending and having too much weight can make the ascent harder or keep you on the bottom where you can do a lot of damage to the environment.
Controlling buoyancy while diving helps you control the descent and ascent. For starters, the BC should be filled enough for you to float while making the last adjustments and check-ups. When the dive starts, a slightly negative buoyancy in order to have a nice and controlled descent. For beginner diving this is worth practicing.
Once the desired depth is reached, then a neutral buoyancy should be established to keep you at the specific level. That level should be set at the right distance from the bottom so that the environment and its habitat will not be affected.
Need to know: Coral and Fish ID
Having a basic training on the wildlife found both above and below in the area you plan to go diving it can be extremely beneficial, not only for you as a diver but also for the creatures you encounter.
As there are thousands of species of fishes and corals, you never know which one is aggressive and which is not, if it is poisonous or not or the damage it can be done to them upon contact with your skin or even your gloves. Another benefit of having this knowledge is that it will be easier to find and approach the species you are interested in.
Know your limits!
There is no shame in being a beginner and admitting it. Although the sport itself might not be dangerous, not being properly trained and prepared could make this sport lethal.
The world record for scuba diving was recorded at 332,25 m (1,090 ft 4.5 in) by a professional diver. Although it is humanly possible, most beginners don’t go over 18 m (60 ft) and experienced and trained divers keep a limit around 40 m (130 ft).
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