Whether teaching a new Open Water class or just diving off my favorite dive boat, I enjoy helping new divers get comfortable exploring the world beneath the waves. In all the time I have been a dive professional, I’ve learned that there is one thing that if I teach divers, it serves them for as long as they dive.
The Best Advice I Have For New Scuba Divers
The best advice I can give any newly certified scuba diver is this.
As a new scuba diver, it’s important to ask questions when you have them.
Yeah, I know it can be intimidating to ask for help. You seem like you are the only one on the boat setting up your gear who doesn’t know what they are doing. The diver next to you is working through their entire gear setup checklist methodically and you seem to be stuck with your tank strap buckle. Trust me, we’ve all been there at some point in our scuba diving adventure. It’s because every diver has been there, that no diver I have ever met has minded pausing to lend a helping hand.
Four Reason To Follow This Advice
- Safety First
Scuba diving can be a dangerous activity if you don’t know what you’re doing. By asking questions, you can make sure you understand all the safety protocols and procedures. This can help prevent accidents and keep you and your dive partner safe.
- Learn from Experience
Many scuba diving instructors and experienced divers love to share their knowledge and experience. By asking questions, you can learn from their mistakes and successes. This can help you become a better and more confident diver.
- Boost Confidence
Scuba diving can be nerve-wracking, especially for new divers. By asking questions and getting the answers you need, you can feel more confident and comfortable underwater. This can help you enjoy your dive more and focus on the beauty of the ocean.
- Plan Ahead
Whether you are diving off your favorite dive boat, or a shore dive like the beautiful Blue Heron Bridge, before a dive, there are many things to consider, such as water temperature, currents, and marine life. By asking questions, you can make sure you’re prepared for the dive and have everything you need. This can help make the dive more enjoyable and stress-free.
In conclusion, asking questions is an important part of learning to dive confidently. Don’t be afraid to speak up and ask for help or clarification – your dive partner and instructor will appreciate it! Remember, there’s no such thing as a silly question when it comes to scuba diving.
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