SCUBA Diving Tips for Beginners

SCUBA Diving Tips for Beginners
Scuba diving offers an opportunity to explore the underwater world. Sometimes new and veteran divers make costly and dangerous mistakes. There are some tips for those who have just started diving to follow.

Equipment Selection

Choose comfortable equipment appropriate for your diving. Once purchased, ensure your gear is properly maintained, including rinsing and drying after use, correct storage, and regular service. Also, do not carry excessive or unnecessary gear on a dive.

Stay Within Your Limits

There is a temptation to explore beyond your training and experience. Technical diving such as cave and wreck diving require additional training and equipment. Understand the dive plan and follow it. Obey your dive tables. An extra few feet or an extra few minutes do matter.

Form Contacts

Find a dive buddy who shares your interest in diving and dive regularly with him. Having a competent dive buddy will increase your safety and can avoid aggravation before, during and after dive trips.

Know Thyself

Know your physical limitations in diving. Inform your physician about your new sport. Stay physically fit. Do not dive if you are sick. Be aware of any changes in how you feel during and after a dive.

Have Fun

Recreational scuba diving is supposed to be enjoyable. If you are not having fun, figure out why. You should not feel pressured to dive. Don't bring stress from the surface world on a dive.

Article Written By David Chandler

David Chandler has been a freelance writer since 2006 whose work has appeared in various print and online publications. A former reconnaissance Marine, he is an active hiker, diver, kayaker, sailor and angler. He has traveled extensively and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of South Florida where he was educated in international studies and microbiology.

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