Preparing to Dive

I am so excited to be going on one of my dream vacations diving in Hawaii this year. Since this is the first time I have gone anywhere to scuba dive, me and the entire group are excited and we have been making a long list of things to add to the itinerary. We have all been assigned different tasks for ensuring that the entire trip goes smoothly, and that means getting the right equipment together so we will have as few hassles during the trip as possible.

 

We can hardly wait for such an exciting adventure to start, but we have to be patient and first get all of the right scuba masks and decide who has to get what? There are also some core fundamentals to etiquette when it comes to scuba diving that we also must get caught up on and I am determined not to skip any steps along the way.

 

I got introduced into scuba diving by signing up for open water courses, and initially I was a bit afraid of being deep out in the water, but now I am used to it and it is one of my favorites hobbies to do these days. When I first began, I had no idea what I should be expecting, and my instructors were very good at painting a picture of what I should expect and what I had to master to have enough confidence to do it on my own in the depths of a river, lake, or sea. These courses are just baby steps along the way and in time, you will learn how to use all of the gear as well as familiarize yourself with safe-dive techniques.

 

How to Breathe Through Scuba Regulators

Two person under water wearing gadgets

I will be one of the first to admit that breathing through a scuba regulator was probably the strangest thing to all of this, since you are essentially drawing breaths as your face lies beneath water. Since this is not normal human behaviour, it is almost normal to be hesitant about doing this in the beginning. I got acclimated by placing on my dive mask and then practicing until I got comfortable with breathing only with my mouth. The most crucial element is exhaling after every breath as it prevents hyperventilating and the feeling that you are in desperate need of air. Some people acclimate quicker than others, but over time you will enough confidence with the scuba equipment.

 

Vision Underwater

Underwater picture with different fishes

The majority of scuba masks tend to cut part of your peripheral vision off and this can make some divers – myself included – feel claustrophobic. There are some ways to acclimate yourself to this field of view that is compromised. These blind spots take time to get used to and over time you will soon learn how to turn the head in certain ways to see as much as possible. You will also soon learn how light acts differently when you are in the water. Objects will seem closer than they are and you will have to learn the basics to magnification while scuba diving. You will learn more by touching objects underwater, but never touch aquatic life, fish, or corals.

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