Back to Scuba Diving Basics

by Peter de Vizard

Scuba diving is an enjoyable sport that will take you into a beautiful world of freedom. It is a healthy sport that not only requires one to be in good fitness, it also requires a clear, mind. There are many simple things to remember when scuba diving.

Here are a few simple scuba diving basics.

Scuba Diving Basic #1: Is it for you?

Scuba diving is not for everyone. You need to be comfortable in the water. It requires a fit swimmer with the confidence into the ocean or lake. Competent scuba divers should be able to swim a minimum of 200 yards, continuously and be able to tread water for 10 minutes plus a complete a float exercise. A medical consultation should also be done before starting as the water put extra pressure on the body.

Getting Certified

All divers should complete proper diving certification. This cert is obtained by completing a certified scuba course taught by a suitably qualified instructor. Many students can earn this qualification in as little as 24 hours. Others will take a longer class. The class is a precaution as it will arm you on how to react in different situations..

Scuba Diving Basic Number 2: The Equipment

You will always want to check and maintain your scuba diving gear in a workable condition. Make sure you buy all of the needed accessories and equipment before your dive such as weights, knives, fins, masks, regulators, and other pieces of equipment.

Wash and care for your wet suit as suggested by the manufacturer.

Know the Basic Language of Diving

When diving, A diver will need to know hand signals and sign language to communicate effectively underwater. You must know these signs and practice with your diving buddy’s before getting in the water. A swimming pool is a good place to start applying them.

Know and understand the scuba terminology and its uses. Study regularly and keep up to date on new techniques and the rules and regulations.

Knowing the basic scuba diving information will help you have a safer and enjoyable dive trip. You should review these areas frequently and always keep up with the latest changes with the rules and new skills. This is for your own safety and the safety of others. It is a lot easier to learn on dry land than it is in 40 ft of water!

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