For nearly 30 years now – time has shifted the paradigm of scuba diving being a niche recreational activity into a very popular recreational holiday pastime. The activity itself is now gaining popularity all around the world, thus a lot of agency provides scuba diver training programs today. Although the activity is pretty popular, a lot of people are still hesitant to try it – CNC Scuba Academy would like to break the “fear” or “questions” before trying to dive as we list the things you should know about it.
Scuba Diving is Safe
The answer to this is YES, yes it is safe! Diving is like any other activity like driving or crossing the street – all you have to do is to pay a very close attention to what you should be doing next. For example, before you cross the road you have to ensure that it’s a green light and not a red one. Just like it, scuba diving follows rules, techniques, and disciplines that you should adhere to enjoy the activity.
Being “nervous” is Normal
Just like any other activity that you will do being nervous is normal and natural, more often than not the case is that people who start the course brimming with confidence often struggle more. Being nervous will make you take things slowly, that’s why you are more likely to learn the disciplines and remember the important things as you dive.
Getting Comfortable with Gear
Your gear is your partner as you dive. You should treat it as important as your life. Without your gear you won’t be able to enjoy scuba diving, thus it is important that you treat it as a part of your body and don’t think of it as a burden.
Never Hold your Breath and Used Your Fins Properly
In other words, keep blowing bubbles! Learn to exhale and inhale all throughout your dive as this is the number one rule in diving. More importantly monitor your air throughout the dive as often as possible. Your fins are very important once a diver does not have complete control or awareness of his fins, he will probably break something, damage underwater creatures, destroy corals and/or kick someone.
Get your Buoyancy Right
You must bear in mind that perfecting your buoyancy skills is very crucial as the diver should be able to ascend or descend by inhaling or exhaling – respectively. As a diver, you should master how to use your buoyancy compensator device (BCD) to compensate for changes in depth during a dive.
Don’t Touch Anything
Being a diver you must learn how to be very responsible. The world beyond is as magnificent as always and you should be able to learn how to appreciate it by not ruining it. Don’t touch anything as to not destroy corals, turtles, and other underwater elements. By doing this, you can also save yourself from touching harmful animals like stone-fish and others.