Scuba diving has been a thrilling recreational activity that has been a favorite of many outdoor adventure seekers for years. However, many people find it a cumbersome activity with all the equipment and training that is involved. The equipment and training that scuba divers go through is the preparation for the most rewarding underwater experience. As you prepare and start looking for a scuba diving adventure, here are some things that you expect from the activity.
Preparation for the Dive
During this phase, divers are paired off, dive leaders and buddies identified, responsibilities assigned and explained and the safety measures are discussed. The site details like terrain, depth, tide, visibility, exit and entry points are also briefed. Weather will also be part of the talk with instructions being offered in case there will be a need for an alternative dive site. Other processes that will be addressed at this stage include buddy breathing, decompression stops, and embolism. At the briefing you will also be required to fill out a medical questionnaire showing any medical conditions that are likely to affect your scuba diving experience.
Familiarizing with Equipment
You will also be briefed about equipment and be taught how to utilize scuba diving gear properly. You and your designated dive buddy will learn how to responsibly keep tabs on each other’s equipment before and during the scuba dive. You also get to learn about the different suit and gear that will help you adapt to the different types of water temperature.
Scuba diving is an exhilarating sport that involves strict adherence to basic procedures. This is the time that you can now apply your newly acquired skills. You will suit up, complete with your tank and get the feel of being in your scuba gear. At first, it may seem to be very heavy and bulky, but once you get in the water, everything becomes amazingly weightless.
You may not show your diving skills correctly, and it is expected. The majority of first time divers find buoyancy control the most difficult among all the diving tasks. The scuba dive guides and instructors will closely monitor participants and if you feel uncomfortable during the dive, they will be available to give you help and support. The key to a successful diving activity is to keep calm and inform the diving buddy or instructor of any concerns.
It is a requirement that you log your scuba dive. Details like how you feel about it, your observation, what went right or wrong and the part you think you struggled with. From these logs, the instructor will offer a debrief to the trainees to learn from each other’s experience and make sure that dive concerns are well handled.