How to Prepare for a Scuba Diving Expedition
Scuba diving is wonderfully rewarding and exciting, but it is also complicated and dangerous for the inexperienced. However, with the proper preparation, you will have the time of your life.
There are many things to consider when you are thinking of going on a scuba diving expedition. The following is a helpful overview to help get you on the right track toward a rewarding diving experience.
The first step toward preparing for a scuba diving expedition is to enroll in the proper training classes. You need to be certified in order to dive on your own.
Make sure that you seek training from reputable companies who will teach you all that you need to know to stay safe. Otherwise, you will not feel confident when it is time for you to take on a dive on your own. Consider using a company that trains you with shore-based dives rather than immediately taking you out into deep open water.
However, if you are not completely sure that you want to invest the time and money in certification, you may be able to find a company that offers “try-dives” or short little dives that help you get a feel for the activity without the need for extensive training. Bahama Divers offer one-day diving experiences in the Bahamas for those that just want to give it a try. More information can be found here.
You will need to ensure that you have all the proper equipment in order to dive. It is up to you whether you will want to rent it or buy it. It should be noted that much of the required gear is rather expensive, so making the decision to buy should not be taken lightly.
Consider how often you think you will be diving and if it will be worth it for you. If you don’t have the means to dive frequently, then renting is a perfectly viable option. You will just need to make sure that you are comfortable using borrowed equipment and that it fits you properly.
Also, check to make sure that the apparatuses have been properly cleaned and maintained by smelling the oxygen tanks and looking for green build-up around the seals of the mask.
Plan your dive carefully and ensure that several people know where you are going and when you will be back if you intend to dive alone. If you are looking to participate in a group dive or dive class, then make sure that you make your reservation far enough in advance so that the company has enough spots for you. You wouldn’t want to wait until the last minute only to be disappointed.
Safety should always be your top priority when it comes to scuba diving. Make sure all the equipment you are using has been properly tested and that you know how to use it. If you are certified, but it’s been a while since you went out for a dive, don’t feel ashamed if you feel the need to enroll in refresher courses. A fun outing like scuba diving should never result in injury.
It is crucially important never to panic. If something goes wrong, try to relax and remember your training. When you freak out, you use oxygen quicker, which can make a bad situation worse in a matter of seconds. However, if you maintain your calm and trust your skills, you will likely be able to overcome any issue.
If you are choosing to go on a scuba diving expedition, you want to have a great time. Don’t let fear get in the way of trying something new that you might really enjoy.
While scuba diving is challenging and requires quite a bit of start-up time and energy, the sights you will see are unlike any other. So, what are you waiting for? Start planning your scuba diving adventure today! If you’re stuck feel free to reach out to us! We can help!