Learn To Scuba Dive: 10 Tips For Your Open Water Course

December 3, 2016
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If you want to learn to scuba dive you’ll have to enroll in an open water course. You can do this almost anywhere in the world and there are a few main organisations that offer open water courses including PADI.

Once you’ve decided where and when to learn to scuba dive you will probably be wondering what to expect during your course. Below you’ll find ten tips for your scuba diving course that should help set your mind at ease and give you some guidance for the exciting journey ahead of you.


Learn To Scuba Dive: 10 Tips For Your Open Water Course

1) Choose your instructor wisely

Don’t just search around different companies make sure you ask to meet or hear feedback about your proposed dive instructor as this person can make our break your course.

You want to make sure your dive instructor makes you feel at ease and is competent. For the competent side you may have to search out reviews online but you should be able to tell how you feel about them personally after talking to them for a minute or two.

Remember they don’t have to be the type of person you’d be friends with, but they do have to be encouraging, patient and knowledgeable.


2) Don’t wait until your 18 meters under to decide your gear doesn’t fit correctly

While wetsuits are meant to be very tight and do feel uncomfortable while dry, if the high neck is making it very difficult for you to breathe then ask to try on a bigger size or a different style.

Additionally make sure anything else your wearing fits properly or is adjusted correctly such as flippers, dive computers and waist belts as you don’t want to be dealing with this underwater.


3) If salt water burns your eyes, prepare them beforehand

If your eyes are sensitive to salt water its best to expose them prior to doing the mask removal test to make you feel more comfortable once under water.

Dunking your head in once or twice without goggles and persevering through the stinging will mean that when it’s time to do so under water, your eyes will hurt less (or may have completely adjusted) and you’ll feel a lot more comfortable taking off your mask as you won’t be squinting.


4) Do a live in if possible

Some dive centres give you free or discounted accommodation if you’re doing a course with them and this gives you a great opportunity to spend more time near the water, your dive buddies and your instructor. Plus you won’t have to walk as far after each day at the centre.


5) Try not to eat right before a dive

If you at straight before diving you may feel it resting in your throat at some point during your dive. It’s not life threatening at all but it can be a weird feeling.


6) Focus on your buoyancy from day one

It sounds boring but this is one of the best, if not the best skills to have while diving. The ability to hold your position while diving means being able to get closer to objects, maneuvering in tight spaces and means your less likely to bump into dive buddies or ascend prematurely.


7) Always double check your equipment

Always check that both your, and your buddies air is on and that you have a relatively full tank before descending. You also want to make sure your second stage (the thing you breathe through) and back up are working correctly – your dive master will teach you how to check these.


8) Be alert while diving

Keep an eye on both your buddy and you air gauge while diving to ensure neither of you runs into any trouble.


9) Don’t freak out

While some of the exercises seem a little scary, such as removing your mask or your second stage underwater, they’re nowhere near as hard as they sound. They are necessary to get your certification because by learning in a controlled situation you’ll be able to deal better in the unlikely event of them happening unexpectedly.


10) Make sure you absorb what your being told

While diving is a very fun activity it also comes with a few risks, this is why it’s so important to understand about water pressure, nitrogen, breaks in between dives and anything else your dive instructor tells you.

Make sure you listen and read the booklet your given for your test as not only will it help you pass, you also might learn something important.


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  1. Dan Marston

    December 21, 2015 at 11:36 am Reply

    I am planning on hopefully taking scuba in the next years that only if I progress DivePool and freediving in the open water two things you should know and understand 1st I haven’t been in the water in over 6 years 2nd also haven’t the open water in 10 years even if I make to take scuba I don’t know if I’ll get to or make it to taking the open water certification course again its all dependent on whether or not I progress or advance and complete DivePool and freediving I’m hoping to be able to take scuba either 2018 or 2019 its probably at least gonna take me these next two years just getting there I have had the chances trying scuba in a divepool at fitness expos over six years ago back than I didn’t have any trouble I aslo was not supervised you did it at your own risk signed a waiver meaning you were on your own I also went to the bottom of the divepool I even could scuba swim excellent I’m also an excellent swimmer my mother always told me that keep in mind this was back than I don’t even know how or if I’m even gonna remember the scuba swimming with the dive fins after all this time thats gonna be phase 1 phase two if I get there learning freediving breath holding while underwater than If I’m fortunate and lucky finally phase 3 learning taking scuba and hopefully maybe taking the open water certification course by at least 2020 its also my dream and hope to be able to someday dive under the water hope and wish me well living my dream and wish my dive training suppose to start early 2016 it also has to begin and start somewhere again hope that I’ll make it to taking scuba and the open water certification course someday

  2. Dan Marston

    January 10, 2016 at 7:36 am Reply

    I already have these 10 steps had them written as I said I’m not even no where near ready to take scuba yet its gonna be dependent on some things just went to my dive store talked to the person who’ve I’ve talked to last year asked him his honest opinion if he still thought I should try to pursue taking freediving or scuba he advised me to comeback another year first concentrate on getting back and use to the water again and practicing swimming than we’ll see where I’m at I also hadn’t gone back there in over six months because of everything I went through last year he was very sorry supporting and understanding I ha dto keep saying how sorry I was for having to stay way and thinking what was best and right for me and the dive place I’m at least going back hopefully next month to buy diving goggles he had wondered what had happened to me after not seeing me since last may also he gave me some dive training magazines so thats where i’m at this time last time I commented you said that I’d recieve an email I never got one could you send me one this time

    Dan Marston

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