For many years, scuba diving has been a tremendous recreational activity for outdoor fun enthusiasts. However, many people find it a cumbersome activity with all the equipment and training that is involved. 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.
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 things that will be handled here include buddy breathing, embolism, and decomposed stops procedures. It is also a requirement for you to fill out a medical form stating ay medical conditions that may greatly affect your scuba diving experience.
You will undergo equipment briefing and learn how to utilize scuba diving gear properly. You and your dive buddy will be taught how to responsibly keep tabs on each other’s equipment before and during the dive. You will also be taught about the different equipment that will assist you to adapt to different types of water temperature.
Sessions at the Pool
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 to get the feel of being in a 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 execute diving skills perfectly, and this is quite normal. The majority of first time divers find buoyancy control the most difficult among all the diving tasks. The scuba guides and instructors closely monitor the participants and should you feel embarrassed for whatever reason during diving, they will are readily available to offer the help and support that you need. The key to a successful diving activity is to keep calm and inform the diving buddy or instructor of any concerns.
You are expected to record 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.