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How to Prepare For Your First Scuba Dive

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Scuba diving is a fantastic opportunity that will give you an experience like no other. There is a whole world that you could never imagine waiting just below the waves and there is nothing quite like getting to explore it first hand. You may have seen the dame fish and sea creatures in aquariums, but that is nothing like getting up close and personal with them in their own natural habitat. You may wonder how you can possibly prepare yourself for such an adventure, but do not panic. The following tips will help you to get the most out of your first scuba dive!

Safety Is Essential For Scuba Diving

One of the most important things to consider if you decide to go on a scuba dive tour is of course your own personal safety. A good dive team will always have your safety at the forefront of their minds and will spend time with you before hand explaining how to use all of the equipment and giving you advice about what to do in the event of an emergency. However, there are also some things that you can do to help with the safety aspect of your dive.

Scuba diving is basically suitable for everyone, but you should be in reasonable health and have a good range of motion. It is important that you are honest about your health and your level of experience when booking a dive. If you have an ongoing health issue then you do need to make your instructor aware of this. It may not mean you cannot participate, but there may be additional precautions that you need to take. In terms of experience, it may be tempting to make out that you have more diving experience than you do so that you can join in with the more exciting deep water dives and wreck explorations; however, lying about this can be very dangerous. Those dives are for advanced divers for good reason and it is important to gain experience in shallower water first. There is still going to be plenty to see on these dives, and in fact, often the fish in the shallower waters are more used to scuba divers and are not afraid to let you get really close whereas the deeper dwelling creatures may hide!

What to Expect on a Dive Tour

What you can actually expect on your dive tour will vary depending on the company you use and the type of dive that you are going on. You may have to travel out by boat and enter the water from the vessel, or you might be able to access your dive from the shore. If you have never taken part in a group dive and are unsure of what to expect, you can check out LivingOceanScuba’s FB page for an idea of what a dive tour will usually consist of. It is a good idea to check with your tour company what sort of marine life you are likely to encounter on your dive. Different habitats suit different species. For example, coral reefs will have various fish, eels, shellfish and crustaceans whereas a wreck dive is more likely to house sharks, octopi and turtles.

What is actually included on your dive tour is going to depend on the provider. Some of the tours may include refreshments, but you should take along your own water and sunscreen. Your tour should include basic training and all of the required equipment so you should not need to worry about that aspect of it. Just be sure to double check with the organizer if there is anything that you need to bring along with you for your tour, but above all else – just remember to have fun and enjoy the experience.

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