Scuba diving has been a thrilling recreational activity that has been a favorite of many outdoor adventure seekers for years. 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
This is where all your questions are answered, and the divers paired off, lead divers and buddies are designated, responsibilities are assigned and explained and safety regulations 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 topics that will be discussed here include procedures on buddy breathing, decompressed stops, and embolism. 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.
Familiarizing with Equipment
You will undergo equipment briefing and learn how to use 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 assist you to adapt to different types of water temperature.
Sessions at the Pool
Scuba diving is an exciting sport that entails strict adherence to standard procedures. After a thorough briefing, this is the time to apply your newly acquired skills. You will suit up, complete 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.
Pefect the Sport by Practicing
You may not show your diving skills correctly, and it is expected. Most first time divers find buoyancy control the most difficult among all diving tasks. Your scuba guide and instructors closely watch participants, and if you feel uncomfortable for whatever reason, they are standby to offer help and support. The key to a successful diving activity is to keep calm and inform the diving buddy or instructor of any concerns.
It is a requirement that you log 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. Using these logs, the trainer conducts a debrief for the students to learn from the experience of others and ensure that post dive concerns are appropriately handled.
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