The underwater world is like another dimension. There are unusual laws of physics, SpongeBob and beauty that you can’t see on land. But be careful – you have to go underwater prepared.
Details of diving will teach you at the resort. But we’ll tell you what you should be prepared for and what to consider before diving. Then to dive will not be so scary, and to learn you spend less time, and get a lot more pleasure.
What you need to know
In the abyss of the ocean undergo dangers – panic, pressure, poisonous and not always friendly sea creatures. Not to spoil your vacation, you need to know the three main things:
- Not everyone can dive. Diving is contraindicated in pregnancy and some health problems, such as diseases of the respiratory and cardiovascular system. Therefore, before the trip to go to the therapist and make sure that you are all right with your health.
- It is necessary to dive strictly together. Beginners dive ONLY with an instructor, experienced divers – with a partner. Underwater, even an experienced diver can get confused, and then the partner will save him. For the newcomer to an experienced instructor beside – a guarantee that all will go well.
- The instructor must be obeyed unconditionally. If he gave the command to surface – you need to surface. If he says not to swim there – you must not swim. If he does not let you touch “that beautiful fish” – you can not touch … Believe me, you have enough experience, and the dive can always be repeated.
What to buy
The only thing worth buying equipment – an individual mask specifically for diving. You can buy it on the spot. Own mask gives a good overview and is much more comfortable than the rented. A suit, balloons and all you need you will give a rent in a dive center.
Over time, if you get a dive, you can buy your own equipment, but if you are a beginner – it will not be necessary.
Also, for diving will be useful to buy a special medical insurance – if during the dive something goes wrong, it will come in handy. But it is not necessary to buy it, especially for the first dive – it will be more useful when you will gain experience and will swim not with an instructor, but just with a partner.
How to prepare for your first dive
You should start preparing for your dive at the hotel. The day before a swim, refrain from alcohol. This is important: even a glass of light cocktail can change the heartbeat, and the heart under water should work perfectly. Under no circumstances should you dive if you have a cold – it will prevent you from blowing out your ears underwater. If you feel unwell, it is better not to risk it.
A good dive school will give you a detailed briefing before your first dive. An experienced diver will show you how to put on and check your gear, how to swim, what gestures to use and what to do in general. The theoretical course may take about an hour. After that, good schools will organize a test dive in the pool to see if you are ready for a dive in the ocean.
After the training, all you have to do is check your equipment under the instructor’s supervision and you are ready to dive.
How to behave underwater
- Balance the pressure in your ears. It’s normal for pressure to rise quickly underwater. In order not to injure inner ear you should clamp your nose and exhale into it every meter of diving – it equalizes the pressure and helps to dive comfortably and avoid injury.
- Don’t be afraid. When you dive underwater, your brain feels like you’re drowning. Many have tears, a lump rises to the throat, fear awakens. Remember, the instructor is there. He will notice this and swim with you. The second dive is usually much easier.
- Do not try to make friends with the sea creatures. You may get stung by jellyfish or stung by coral or sea urchins underwater. Therefore, it is better not to touch ANYTHING with your hands without the instructor’s permission and observe the beauty from a distance. It is even better to hold your elbows, so as not to be tempted to grab some fish.
- Breathe evenly. The amount of air in the cylinders is limited, so you won’t be able to spend a lot of time underwater. Breathe evenly and slowly, about half way through your lungs to use less air, so you’ll be able to swim longer.
- Get out of the water correctly. No one helps you when you get in the boat and water is not a big support. It’s better to take your flippers off beforehand – it will be easier to get out.
And be prepared to want more. Even if you panicked on your first dive, the beauty of the underwater world will fascinate you so much that you’ll want to dive again and again. So budget your expenses in advance and don’t say we didn’t warn you.