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Scuba diving can be a very dangerous, intense undertaking. But while you can spend years learning the ins and outs of high-level, independent diving, there are resort-style scuba companies that will teach you the basics and have you out to do basic dives within a day or two. If you're not a trained or advanced diver, these scuba vacations can be the perfect opportunity to introduce yourself to the sport and see some gorgeous views of what lies beneath the ocean. However, for your own safety, there are a few tips you should stick to throughout the process.
1. Thoroughly research the company you're learning from.
Although there are many reputable scuba resorts and training companies, there are also some that are not reputable. Scuba is not always as closely regulated as it should be. So, when booking your vacation and scuba lessons, read lots of reviews for each company you are considering. Book with a company that has a legitimate website and that has been around for a while. The company should also be willing and able to answer any questions you may have. It's not always worth saving $100 by booking with the cheaper company.
2. Ask questions during certification.
Before you are allowed to dive solo, you will have to go through a certification program, which involves a classroom-style session and hands-on training. This certification session can move quickly when you're at a scuba resort. If you have questions, ask them—this way, you will learn more, and the additional knowledge can come in handy if you get into a sticky spot. Also pay attention when the instructor answers questions asked by other participants. The answers they give can be some of the most valuable information in the certification course because they are personalized.
3. Practice some calming techniques beforehand.
Even after you become certified and are coached through your first dive, it is normal to feel a bit nervous when you dive down. You do not want your nerves to make the experience less enjoyable. So, before you even head off to the scuba resort, make sure that you practice some techniques to calm your nerves. Deep breathing works well, although you will have to adjust your technique for the scuba mask. Some people find that pausing for a moment and taking in the calmness of the water helps them refocus and soothe any anxiety they are experiencing. When you keep yourself calm, you are less likely to make serious errors that could result in injuries.
4. Check your gear.
In your certification class, you should learn about the scuba gear provided for you. You should also learn how to check that gear for safety before you dive down. If you are diving with an experienced guide, they will often perform the safety check for you. However, you should also do this check on your own. Anyone can overlook a problem—and with two sets of eyes having overlooked your gear, you are much less likely to experience a problem that could impede your safety. Scuba experts call this the buddy check.
5. Get fit.
The fitter you are, the better able you will be to swim in the strong currents. You'll also consume less oxygen, so you can stay down longer without running out. Start working on your fitness a few months in advance of your scuba vacation if possible. Jogging, cycling, and aerobics classes are great for improving your fitness.
With the tips above, your scuba experience can be a safer one. Ask your certification instructor for additional tips and advice, or contact companies like Blackbird Caye Resort to learn more.Share