As all first time divers you would
like to see the underwater
experience what millions of people enjoy in beautiful crystal clear
waters on holidays or at home. Some of you are content with just
snorkeling, but your friend or partner pushes for scuba diving.
At this moment you may think about your fears and anxieties and may be
skeptical about diving. You don’t want to disappoint your friend or
partner and before you know it you are already signed up.
You are signed up for the first time scuba
lessons. So, what is next?
In the pool, you will get a jacket (BCD)
that holds the tank with some
that go around. You are asked to put scuba diving equipment on
and to swim in the pool.
This will allow you to breathe and familiarize yourself with breathing
through the regulator. Breathing underwater can feel strange at first
and at this point you may feel that you love it or hate it.
Love it the first time around
Those first time divers who love it will be excited and will wonder
what is next. They will strive for more knowledge and will be open to
new challenges with a positive attitude. This is a reason why kids have
no problem in learning scuba diving.
Hate it the first time around
Many factors can contribute for first timers to hate scuba diving.
• water in the diving Mask
• air bubbles coming from the equipment
Thoughts of other fears
about diving may also block you and cause a negative
experience. Simple tasks, such as clearing diving mask underwater
become a real challenge.
Some divers require extra amount of time, assistance and practice in
order to feel comfortable and confident before progressing to the next
stage. The experience and attitude of your dive instructor play a huge
role and can completely change your experience. A key is to understand,
trust and feel comfortable with your instructor.
In some cases people thought that diving was not for them after their
first try. However, after they gave scuba diving a second try, scuba
diving changed their lives. So don’t give up.
What do you learn in the first lesson?
Very soon you will be able to enjoy the vibrant colours of the coral
reefs, fish and other underwater organisms. If your experience in the
pool was positive you are up for it. On the contraire, if your
experience was not that positive, you may be nervous and concerned that
person that taught you in the pool may not be diving with you today.
|After your first experience with
breathing from the scuba gear in the
pool, you will learn how to clear your mask,
recover and clear your
regulator, basic rules of diving and some diving signals. You
also have some time (5 to 15 minutes) to go underwater in the pool and
practice a little. You learn all this in preparation for your
Your first time diving.
|A dive master or instructor will take
you diving. What is important is
that the dive master knows who has experience and who the first time
divers are. The depth of your first dive will be shallow for
safety reasons (10 to 12 Meters/33 to 39 feet maximum depth).
Your group will use a rope for the descent (mandatory). You will have
to equalize your ears and remember the first rule of diving - always
breathe. When you are at the
required level or depth you will start to
swim along your assigned partner and enjoy your first dive.
Some of the factors that cause bad
experiences on first time divers:
• Diver is too nervous before the dive.
• Inability to equalize ears while
• Bad judgment in amount of weights
required for the dive.
• Dizziness or over ventilation.
• Diver is not relaxed underwater.
• Mask keeps on fogging or filling up
All these factors can be preventable and being nervous on your first
dive is understandable. If you have any concerns ensure you bring them
to the attention of the dive master. The dive master’s assistance can
help you relax and feel more confident.
Being relaxed will help with the relaxation of some muscles that are
required for the equalization of the ears. It also will help to avoid
over ventilation and will facilitate achieving certain tasks with
|Remember that practice makes
perfection. The more you dive, the
more comfortable you will be underwater and the more you will enjoy
The Open Water course
Some first time divers experience a dive first and then sign
up for the
open water course. Others experience their first dive as part of their
open water course.
During the open water course you will have more in the pool
practice, more knowledge and a minimum of four dives with the diving
instructor supervising you. At the conclusion of the course you will
have a certification of your diving level that will be recognized by
diving schools and other diving
agencies or organizations around the world.
divers who hate it or love it the first time are welcome to share.
|On Thu Jun 10
|First Name: Phil
Text: Is the litlle guy in the foto an instructor ?great web page!