The ocean is a vast, unmarred landscape which makes up a huge portion of our world. Every day we discover a little bit more about the waters below and scientists are always discovering new species of animal and plant in the oceans. When it comes to exploring the deep sea, there are places all over the world where we can dive in and see this new world for ourselves. Instead of sitting at home watching Blue Planet you can instead take the leap and come face to face with some of the most mysterious creatures the planet has to offer.
If you are new to diving and you are looking to make it a regular hobby, there are a lot of things you need to learn, and today we want to share some handy tips to use for your dive this year.
- Choose your school wisely
Choosing a diving school to join might seem like the easiest choice in the world but there are actually a lot of elements which you’ll want to factor into the decision. When you come to choose a diving school you need to do your research and check whether you will be diving in warm or cold waters, what sea life there will be, and how much accreditation will cost. This will allow you to learn to dive3 in comfort, to see some amazing animals, and save money.
The number one priority for anyone who plans to dive in the sea is safety. It is a dangerous place down there are therefore crucial for you to stay safe and secure at all times. Before you join a diving school take some time to check online reviews and make sure that the school is as safe as it can be. This is something which may initially seem like a small issue to contend with but when your life is on the line it is important.
- Practice swimming and yoga
Diving in the sea is an experience which can be amazing, and it takes a lot of strength and skill to do correctly. In the months leading up to a dive, make sure to practice swimming regularly to become a strong swimmer and increase endurance in the water. As well as this make sure to practice yoga, and this not only helps with strength and flexibility, but will also instill good breathing habits which you’ll need on a dive.
- Learn about different scuba diving agencies
There are many different scuba diving agencies which you can join when you come to try your hand at diving, and it is important to choose the right one for you. The biggest diving agencies are PADI and SSI, so it is worth taking a look at these to see which one you would like to become a part of this year.
- Check yourself before you wreck yourself
Before you even think about going under the water, it is important that you check your equipment and ensure that it is working correctly. There are a lot of different pieces of equipment for you to inspect and common issues include air leaks, a jumping needle on the air gauge and smelly air. Inspect and make changes when necessary to ensure you are never caught off guard under the water.
- Know how to recover your regulator
There are a lot of things that can happen when you are under the water, and one of the most common occurrences of all is having your regulator pushed out of your mouth. Your regulator is the mouthpiece which you use to breathe in the ocean and it is important that you know how to get it back when it falls out. Practice reaching behind your back to grab the regulator and once you know that you can do it, you are safe to dive.
- Avoid cameras until you are confident
An important thing to remember and to bear in mind when you are diving for the first time, or you are inexperienced at diving, is to not use a camera. We all know how tempting it is to break out the camera and enjoy snapping wildlife in the sea, but when you are still learning to dive this can be a dangerous distraction. The first few times that you dive you should make sure to pay attention and only use a camera when you are confident under the surface.
- Take seasickness pills
If you are prone to seasickness, you are likely to get this feeling when you first go for a dive. Take a pill or two beforehand and this will ensure that you are safe and healthy all the way through the dive.
- Ask questions
Never feel embarrassed to ask questions when you are learning the dive. It is always better to ask too many questions than not enough so make sure to ask plenty of questions if you are unsure of what you are doing.
- Don’t dive when you are sick
Never dive when you have a cold or the flu. The reason for this is that your sinuses will likely be blocked and this will make it almost impossible to equalize on your dive. Equalizing is a way of squeezing pressure out of the ears to ensure the ear drums don’t pop when underwater. If you are sick and go diving you could face some real issues. Wait until you are fully recovered and then get diving.
- Check the weather and conditions
As well as everything else you need to do on a dive, it is a good idea for you to check the weather and other conditions before you head into the water. As well as weather and other similar conditions, you can also check fishing reports to see what kind of sea life you may encounter on the dive. It will make your dive so much better and will allow you to make the most of your time underwater.