Scuba diving for beginners: how to make diving fun and safe
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The underwater world is like another dimension. There are unfamiliar laws of physics, SpongeBob, and beauty you won’t see on land. But be careful – you have to go underwater prepared.
Details of diving will teach you at the resort. But we’ll tell you what you should be prepared for and what to consider before diving. Then to dive will not be so scary, and to learn you spend less time, and get a lot more pleasure.
What you need to know
In the abyss of the ocean undergo dangers – panic, pressure, poisonous and not always friendly sea creatures. Not to spoil your vacation, you need to know the three main things:
- Not everyone can dive. Diving is contraindicated in pregnancy and some health problems, such as diseases of the respiratory and cardiovascular system. Therefore, before the trip to go to the therapist and make sure that you are all right with your health.
- It is necessary to dive strictly together. Beginners dive ONLY with an instructor, experienced divers – with a partner. Under water, even an experienced diver can get confused, and then the partner will save him. For the newcomer to an experienced instructor beside – a guarantee that all will go well.
- The instructor must be obeyed unconditionally. If he gave the command to swim up – you need to swim up. If he says not to swim there – you must not swim. If he does not let you touch “that beautiful fish” – you can not touch … Believe me, you have enough experience, and the dive can always be repeated.
An interesting fact. To dive with scuba diving, you do not need to be able to swim well. Suit for diving perfectly holds in the water by compensators buoyancy, and all you need – to learn the basic movements of the legs to move freely underwater.
Been to the doctor and ready for full obedience? Then you can plan your first dive!
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Where to go
Diving is now offered everywhere – in Turkey, the Emirates, Vietnam, Thailand. You can dive at almost any resort, if only the sea. But if diving is the main purpose of your trip, take a closer look at the places that are particularly suitable for beginners.
Maldives . Considered the best place for diving – the underwater world is very rich, you can get to the beautiful reefs right from the shore, almost every hotel has its own dive center with instructors. The best reef is on Ellaidu Island. Minus one, but a serious one – the trip will be expensive.
Bali . Mostly go here for advanced divers, but there is a wonderful place for beginners – the island of Tulamben. Here at a depth of just two meters rest wrecks, and the underwater world is impressive. And there are a lot of really good schools and experienced instructors in Bali.
Malta . The underwater world in the Mediterranean Sea is not too bright – you will not find rare tropical fish and corals. But it is very interesting to dive in Malta – a lot of caves, grottos and shipwrecks. If you are not attracted to marine life, but all sorts of interesting Titanic, choose Malta.
Vietnam . Corals, colorful fish and huge turtles await the diver here. Dive mainly near the island of Mun and on Phu Quoc – you can see the beauty already at a depth of 5-10 meters. And also diving here is one of the cheapest in the world.
Turkey . Not a very interesting place for diving – the underwater world is rather poor, and the water is not clean everywhere. But a lot of Russian-speaking instructors, and the flow of tourists is huge. So if you are still in doubt, you like diving or not, you can make a trial dive in Turkey – and then go to a more exotic places. Although there is an exception – a place Oludeniz attracts even experienced divers clean water and an amazing underwater world.
On the spot will need to choose a school. It is important that she, after training, issue an international certificate PADI, CMAS or NAUI – then in the future you can dive in any country in the world without training. In Asian countries, you should pay attention to the owners of the school – foreigners usually have better training and Russian-speaking instructors. If the owners of the school are local, then the training will be cheaper, but worse. Choose a school better on the basis of feedback from other divers.
What to buy
The only thing is worth buying equipment – an individual mask specifically for diving. You can buy it on the spot. Own mask gives a good overview and is much more comfortable than the rented. A suit, cylinders and all you need you will give a rent in a dive center.
Over time, if you get a dive, you can buy your own equipment, but if you are a beginner – it will not be necessary.
Also, for diving will be useful to buy a special medical insurance – if during the dive something goes wrong, it will come in handy. But it is not necessary to buy it, especially for the first dive – it will be more useful when you have gained experience and will swim not with an instructor, but just with a partner.
How to prepare for the first dive
You need to start preparing for the dive at the hotel. The day before the swim to refuse alcohol. This is important: even a glass of light cocktail can change the heartbeat, and the heart under water should work perfectly. Under no circumstances should you dive if you have a cold – it will prevent you from blowing out your ears underwater. If you feel unwell, it is better not to risk it.
A good dive school will give you a detailed briefing before your first dive. An experienced diver will show you how to put on and check your gear, how to swim, what gestures to use and what to do in general. The theoretical course may take about an hour. After that, good schools will organize a test dive in the pool to see if you are ready for a dive in the ocean.
After the training, all you have to do is check your equipment under the instructor’s supervision and you are ready to dive.
How to behave underwater
- Balance the pressure in your ears. It’s normal for pressure to rise quickly underwater. In order not to injure the inner ear you should clamp your nose and exhale into it every meter of the dive – this equalizes the pressure and helps to dive comfortably and avoid injury.
- Don’t be afraid. When you dive underwater, your brain feels like you’re drowning. Many have tears, a lump rises to the throat, fear awakens. Remember, the instructor is there. He will notice this and swim with you. The second dive usually goes much easier.
- Do not try to make friends with sea creatures. Underwater you may be stung by jellyfish, and corals or sea urchins may prick you. Therefore, it is better not to touch ANYTHING with your hands without the instructor’s permission and observe the beauty from a distance. It is even better to hold your elbows, so as not to be tempted to grab some fish.
- Breathe evenly. The amount of air in the cylinders is limited, so you won’t be able to spend a lot of time underwater. Breathe evenly and slowly, about half way through your lungs to use less air, so you’ll be able to swim longer.
- Get out of the water correctly. No one helps you when you get in the boat and water is not much of a support. It is better to take your flippers off beforehand – it will be easier to get out.
Are you afraid that somebody will sting or bite you? Read our article about dangerous sea creatures beforehand – warned means armed!
And be prepared for the fact that you will want more. Even if you panicked the first time you dived, the beauty of the underwater world will fascinate you so much that you’ll want to dive again and again. So budget your expenses in advance and don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Now you’re ready to dive the underwater world. We’ll let you go with a pure heart and wish you a pleasant active holiday!