Month: February 2016

Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners

Six top tips for scuba diving beginners

It’s strangely calming underwater. All you can hear is the sound of your own breathing, and the gurgling of bubbles as you exhale. Your range of vision is restricted by the scuba mask you’re wearing. When your life depends entirely on every move, you’re more focussed than you ever have before.

Going diving can be intimidating, but if you’re thinking of going scuba diving for the first time, or if you’re considering becoming a certified diver, here are some tips for beginners to help make the most of your experience.

  • Make sure you’re fit and healthy when you go diving. If you have a cold or cough, it’s very likely to get in the way of your breathing ability. Remember that your sinuses should be clear and not congested so that the pressure on your ears is easy to manage. If you have to, avoid adding ice in your drinks, protect yourself from viral cold infections, and take other precautions to keep you safe.
  • Practise breathing exercises. For some people, the most uncomfortable part about scuba diving is the inhaling and exhaling through the mouth. Doing breathing exercises in the weeks before your scuba trip not only prepares you for this, it also helps you control your fear or panic. Breathing slowly and deeply tells your body and your mind that you are calm and in charge, which is a good way to feel when you’re underwater!
  • As much as possible, plan your travel around your dive. If you’re flying into your dive location, give your body some time to recover from the dehydration, fatigue, and other effects of a flight, especially if you’ve crossed multiple time-zones or done a long-haul flight. It is even more important to give your body time to recover AFTER your dive. The nitrogen levels in your blood dissolve slowly after a dive, especially if you’ve completed multiple dives. A relaxed 24 hour gap is more than enough to let you recover.
  • Avoid excessive alcohol and food that might upset your stomach before a dive.
  • Do your research before making a booking. Diving is an awe-inspiring, beautiful experience, when done with the right dive team. If you’ve decided on a location, pick your dive company carefully. Look at their website to understand exactly what they’re offering and what they expect from you. Read reviews and blogs to see what other divers have to say about the company.
  • Part of your research also includes considering the visibility and the temperature of the water at the time you want to dive. Look for the right season and peak visibility to really enjoy your dive.
  • Apart from that, trust your instructor, don’t rush your progress, and only do as much as you’re ready to do. Deep under the surface of the water, when you float over giant coral formations, stopping to let schools of fish pass by, you’ll feel shivers of excitement running through you.

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