Scuba diving has become a popular activity these days, especially if you are on a holiday. Exploring the underwater world sounds really exciting. The word scuba is an acronym that stands for self contained underwater breathing apparatus. Initially, it was told to describe the navy divers who made use of oxygen re-breathers to fight with the enemies underwater. In the present time, scuba diving has become an adventurous activity.
Although, it is a recreational activity, but we have to be aware of certain interesting and fun facts associated with scuba diving. And, this could make your experience an even more enjoyable one. Also for beginners, scuba diving seems to be a bit complex especially due to the diverse range of equipment required that makes the activity a bit of daunting.
While diving is fun and thrilling, although it is also a cause of anxiety for some people and that’s because diving does not come naturally to humans. We are land animals and thus diving goes against our nature and our bodies strongly react to the process. One requires a lot of patience and follow loads of instructions before stepping down to the depths of water.
Getting started for the first time is a bit of a challenge, as the world of scuba diving seems to be too complex in the beginning. A few tips for the novice scuba divers:
A Scuba Diving Course
In the first place, you have to obtain your certification and take the course to learn the basics. You will have to get certified through PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), WOSD (World Organization of Scuba Diving) or SSI (Scuba Schools International).
Familiarity with the Equipment
While you take the diving classes, you will get to see the equipments required while performing the scuba diving activity. You must have proper equipment knowledge before you get started for diving. There are a wide range of equipments like masks, diving exposure suit, scuba tanks, snorkel, diving watches, dive computer, weight and belts system, fins, dive lights and dive float.
For not being acquainted to under water activities can create feelings of anxiety and panic in you. However, it is important to keep calm in all conditions. Losing out on your calmness and wasting your energy will make you end up using more of oxygen which is a limited resource while diving. Furthermore, even if anything wrong happens, staying calm is imperative to tackle the tricky situations.
Breathing techniques will be taught to you during the diving sessions. However, you might be tempted to hold your breath while diving which is actually not appreciated. Holding your breath will make you feel uncomfortable and give you feelings like panic and anxiety.
Do not Dive alone
If you are new to under water diving, it is never suggested that go all alone for a dive. Instead, you must go on with a buddy, especially one who is an experienced diver.
Instructors are always Right
Listen to your instructor! Do not neglect the words of the dive trainers or take their instructions lightly. Remember that the instructor is an experienced dive expert and knows well about the different aspects of scuba diving. Therefore, obey your instructor!
-By Angelica Campbell