Scuba diving is considered an underwater sport, enabling people to stay underwater for longer periods of time by using oxygen tanks to allow breathing. First-time scuba divers usually go through introductory dives or open watercourses, where lessons on safety are given beforehand.
You will also be introduced and familiarized with scuba diving equipment, which is composed of a dry suit, a mask, fins, a weight belt, a regulator, BCD, and of course, the scuba tank. Despite the lessons given beforehand and the master scuba divers that help you through the actual activity, people still remain reluctant to try scuba diving. This guide seeks to inform and educate, dispelling any scuba diving inhibitions you may have.
The Wonders of Scuba Diving
You’ve probably daydreamed about flying a time or two, or perhaps wondered what it would feel like to be weightless in outer space. Scuba diving offers both those experiences, plus the bonus of seeing thriving marine life. Imagine floating in water, five to six meters deeper than usual. There will be plenty to see—in fact, many first-timers describe scuba diving as “like entering another world.” Considering that only 5% of the world’s oceans have been charted and discovered, floating around the seabeds can be a truly magical experience.
What to Expect on Your First Dive
Your first dive experience will depend heavily on your destination, your lessons, and the diving instructor assigned to you. If you’re staying at a high-end resort in Phuket, for instance, your experience may be different from those who aren’t. Whatever the case, keep in mind that the introductory dive will not be the same for everyone. Most end up terrified and stressed, especially since the prospect involves leaving land, a comfort zone, to tread in the deeper parts of the sea. It’s completely normal to feel some apprehension in the beginning, but your instructor will be there to explain the process, as well as how to properly use scuba diving equipment. For a relaxing and safe scuba diving trip, it is integral that you pay attention and listen carefully.
Your first dive will most likely look like this: upon arrival at the diving area, you will need to log in some details. After that, you’ll be asked to put on your fins and your instructor will put on your diving gear. According to most scuba divers, this is what the instructors usually teach (and what your very own instructor may teach you!)
- How to breathe properly using your regulator (slow and deep breaths)
- How to properly equalize your ears
- The basic hand signals used to communicate underwater
After your lessons, the actual scuba diving activity commences. Your diving instructor will deflate your BC, slowly taking you up to six meters deep underwater, and for around 20 minutes. Your first reflex will most likely be to breathe heavily due to the lack of oxygen, but slowly, you will be able to adapt to the tank. Once submerged enough, your diving instructor will ask you to perform some exercises, usually kicking your fins to practice moving around. During try dives, most people usually feel the stress slowly melt away, replaced with awe and wonder of the marine world. As you wander around, you may start to feel pumped to finish another goal: to pass your first diving level.
Scuba diving won’t be for everyone. Some people are naturally afraid of water, while some just aren’t interested. But don’t let these deter you, because scuba diving should be experienced at least once in your lifetime.
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