10 Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners Who Need to Know
Do you think scuba diving is a safe sport for people? Here are some scuba diving tips for beginners who need to know.
1. When you choose a dive school for learning scuba diving, safety should be the number one concern. You can check out online reviews to see if there are some reviews about safety, disorganization, or faulty equipment.
2. Before you go underwater, always check your dive equipment. Warning signs of faulty equipment include broken buckles, strange-smelling/tasting air, air leaks, and a jumping needle on your air gauge when you take a breath out of your regulator.
3. Never be afraid to ask your guide or instructor questions, no matter how silly they might seem. Remember, everyone started as a beginner once, and it’s better to dive with confidence instead of confusion.
4. If you have open wounds, avoid diving or make sure that you the wounds covered – especially around coral reefs, where the skin is more prone to infection. Wear a wetsuit, or protect the wound with gauze and waterproof tape.
5. Did you know that your body processes liquids more efficiently while at neutral buoyancy? This is why while diving, you’ll have to pee more than usual. Why does this happen? Check out how Diver Magazine answers, why do I need to pee every time I dive?
6. The most important thing to remember is, always to keep breathing. Never, ever hold your breath.
7. Beginner scuba divers often don’t realize how much air they consume and tend to breathe more than advanced divers. Always keep an eye on your gauge and let your instructor/guide know when you’re low. Don’t be shy to tell your guide this, it’s totally normal.
8. Constantly communicate with your buddy. Ask them if they are OK and point out any incredible things that you see.
9. If you need to grab another diver’s attention, make noise by banging lightly against your tank with a tank banger.
10. As there are different types of scuba lights, you’ll need to consider what activities you plan to engage in so you can choose the best light source for your needs. If you’re planning on going spearfishing, for instance, then you’re better off with a dive light that can be mounted to your weapon or to a part of your body, leaving both hands free to operate your weapon and other tools; or if your dives consist mainly of exploring underwater caves and mysterious shipwrecks, you may find a large primary light more useful.
A dive light's beam angle is another thing you should consider when choosing the right type of underwater light source. A wider beam angle is what you’ll need for night driving as it provides maximum visibility while a narrower beam angle will be more useful for illuminating specific spots—such as when you need to see into an underwater crevice or underneath some rocks. It’s also the better option for murky, low-visibility waters.