Prepping For Scuba Diving: Your First Dive

Posted on: 12 August 2018


Your next trip may provide an opportunity to scuba dive through your hotel or as part of your vacation package. If you're nervous about being under the water, it's sensible to learn and practice before you arrive. To be safer and more confident about diving on that first excursion, use these ideas.

1-Practice Yoga and Breathing

The way you move your body and the way you breathe is very important when you're underwater in scuba gear. To feel confident on your initial dive, prep beforehand with some yoga sessions and deep breathing techniques. Yoga is a discipline which requires that you focus on both your body and your breath, and it can train your body to move slowly and deliberately. That's important in diving, because if you move too fast, you'll become tired due to water density and resistance. Learning deep, slow breathing methods will help avoid any diving panic. 

2-Know When to Wait

Don't go into an initial dive if there's an uncertainty or confusion about whether you're up to it. For example, if you've got a little cold, you might want to chance the dive. However, know sinus pressure when you're feeling congested could affect how well you swim and dive. It's probably better to just wait. Ensure you're asking hotel staff or scuba teachers about warning signs that could mean you'll dive another day.

3-Try Pools First

If the open ocean seems daunting, you may be able to practice some scuba skills and techniques by experimenting in your hotel pool. Because it's a controlled environment, you can focus on breathing and getting comfortable instead of other issues you'll experience out on a real dive. When you're confident, you can then switch over to diving for real.

4-Ask for Clear Masks

If there's concern that you'll feel too claustrophobic to feel calm, something which could be beneficial is selecting clear masks instead of ones that are framed with black "surrounds". This should give you a wider range of vision.

5-Drink Water

You may have been told that diving will increase pressure on the bladder and that you may feel an urge to urinate more than usual. For that reason, you may be watching water intake. However, there's no need; in fact, dehydration is possible if you're restricting water too much. Follow your instructor's guidance on when to use the restroom and how much water you should be taking in.

These scuba suggestions make you better in the water and more conscientious about the activity and maintaining safety. Talk with scuba diving staff at your hotel, teachers and others for more diving pointers.