So you have decided to take the old adventure boots off, trade them for a tank full of air and some fins. Scuba diving is an activity that dates as far back as World War II. Since then the sport has evolved into one of the most popular recreational and sport activities known to man. Before you check the different locations where you can enjoy this activity, and before you look for the equipment you may need to purchase, here are 3 important tips you should know before you take the plunge and scuba dive.
1. Ensure that you are physically fit to take on a scuba diving adventure. There are some medical conditions such as recent head injuries, surgery, blood disorders and spinal injuries where being underwater in a pressurized environment is not allowed. Generally, diving requires adequate physical wellness that will aid in the success of your underwater adventure. There is nothing that you must feel anxious about if you have been in tip top shape for as long as you can remember. But keep in mind that simple coughs, colds or fever can greatly affect you when you scuba dive since you will be in a different environment alien to what your body is use to. Clear thinking and excellent focus are key components to a smooth dive. It would be rather difficult to obtain both when you are feeling a bit under the weather.
2. Scuba diving is one sport that values safety more than any magnificent diving spot. Proper training, a good grasp of safety measures and how to use scuba equipment is always imparted to fresh divers. None the less, as safety is always a personal responsibility, you can start off with a few safety measures and procedures even before you arrive at your diving camp. Informing your relatives or close friends about your venture, the scuba company you will be with and the dive itinerary in case anything goes wrong. Include the dates of your departure and arrival, as well as the company’s contact numbers. You can also do a background check of the dive location and the site’s local rules and conditions. For those who have experience, make sure that your certification is valid as it may not allow you to dive in certain areas. With this in mind it is better to check ahead of time.
3. Train with certified scuba diving schools. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) is the biggest diver group in the world. PADI certifications are recognized all over the world. Hence, it’s wise to train in PADI certified diving centres, so if you have the opportunity to dive in some of the world’s best diving spots, your certification will be honoured. Beware of diving schools that offer a faster way to learn diving, whose short cut methods of teaching are extremely unreliable. Diving schools must provide adequate diving and operation of equipment training. Scuba diving gear and equipment must be complete and in top functionality. You can do some research on essential scuba diving gear and their purpose as well as operation via the internet.
Once you have kept in mind these three start off tips, you are now ready to learn the skills and techniques to go on a scuba dive. Enjoy a relaxing slow paced adventure that is high on thrills and spectacular discoveries that can only be found under the sea.