Scuba diving is a sport that has gained a lot of popularity over the years. With so many spectacular scuba diving destinations, varieties of scuba gear, various types of diving, courses and levels, it is only understandable that the common public can get overwhelmed. For such reasons, knowing the basics of scuba diving is important. Listed below are a few scuba diving tips which can help you having a better dive.
1. Choose the right dive center
Choosing the correct dive center can make a lot of difference to your overall experience. Before you decide to go diving, do a thorough research on various dive centers. For example a good dive center would have a good safety record with sufficient aid equipment and oxygen delivery systems in place and a rating which would tell you the standards. Location, the staff available and their knowledge on scuba diving etc are some of the factors you need to take into consideration.
2. Choose the right equipment
This is very important, as you basically need to be hundred percent comfortable in whatever you are wear under water. Prioritize the equipment based on the type of diving expedition. For example deep and longer diving expeditions require suits with large air supply back up. Keeping the price factor in mind, go for well known brands as they are more reliable and replacements can be readily available.
It is advisable to do a certified course if you plan on going scuba diving. This will not only make you more comfortable under water, but also give you a safe dive. A lot of resorts these days offer short courses. As much as they are informative, it is ideal to dive not more than 30 feet under water. Caves, wrecks and caverns are to be avoided if you do not have proper training. Never dive beyond your ability.
4. Never dive on your own
The rule of thumb is to never dive alone. Always have someone with you under water wherever you are, so that if something does go wrong to either of you, the other can fetch help.
5. Check equipment thoroughly
You do not want to be underwater and suddenly learn that your regulator is not working. So to avoid this, do a thorough equipment checks before you start out on your expedition. This is even more important if you are renting the scuba gear as usage by a large number of people may have caused wear and tear, ultimately putting your life at risk under water. So follow the basic equipment check before you dive.
Before you dive, make sure you have a plan in mind and stick to it no matter what. You and your partner should decide what depth you plan to hit, the amount of time you would want to spend under water and how much air you would need. Also remember to agree on certain hand signals that can be used to communicate effectively.
While ascending from the water, make sure you do so slowly and with control. This is because you are freeing your body of the nitrogen in your blood and tissues and if the ascend is too quick, there are chances you might risk the decompression sickness. Also make sure you do not ascend more than 30 feet per minute and do safeties stop at 15 feet for a couple of minutes after a deep dive.
Once you have these basic rules in mind, your scuba diving experience can be exciting. When under water, take in all the beauty on offer, but make sure you remember all that you’re learned in your training class at the back of your head. If at all something happens, stop, continue breathing as usual, think and act wisely. Panicking and returning back to the surface may not be the only solution, relaxing and taking the situation under control could be even more fruitful.
This post was written for diveandmore.com by Alia Haley
About the author: Alia Haley is a blogger by profession. She loves writing on technology and luxury. Beside this she is fond of gadgets and watches. She recently bought a 3D Laptop for herself. These days she is busy in writing an article on Citizen Watches.