Scuba diving is a fantastic recreational activity that has been a favorite for majority outdoor adventure seekers for several years now. However, many people find it a fussy event with all the equipment and training. The equipment and the training that scuba divers undergo through is a preparation for the marine experience. Even with the preparation and booking for a scuba diving adventure, here are some things that you can expect from it.
In the initial briefing, divers are paired off, dive leaders and buddies are designated, responsibilities assigned and explained and safety regulations discussed. During this stage, site details like depth, topography, tide, visibility and exit and entry points are discussed. 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 topics that will be discussed here include procedures on buddy breathing, decompressed 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.
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 will also be taught about the different equipment that will help you adapt to the changing water temperature.
Scuba diving is an exhilarating sport that involves strict adherence to basic procedures. After a thorough briefing, this is the time to apply your newly acquired skills. At this point you completely suit up 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.
Practice Makes Perfect
Showing off your diving skills may not be an easy thing, and this is expected. Buoyancy control is the most difficult task for many first time divers. 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. To succed in a scuba diving activity, you must stay calm and inform your diving buddy or the instructor in case of any concerns.
Dive Log and Debrief: As a scuba diver, you are expected to log you scuba dive. You must give details about how you think of it, what you observed, which part you think you struggled with, what went wrong or right. Based on these dive logs, your diving instructor will then conduct a debrief for the students to learn from each other’s experience and ensure post dive concerns are appropriately handled.