If you are new to diving, the first thing you should do is take diving courses to get certified. This ensures you’re using the right diving gear and know what you are doing when you’re out in the open water. This includes swimming abilities, diving techniques and safety procedures.
As a new diver a lot of things under the water are unknown, even scary, yet new and exciting at the same time. All of this can lead to newly qualified divers making embarrassing or unsafe mistakes. Here are five of the most common mistakes new scuba divers make and how to avoid them:
- Delaying dive trips after certification: You had to sign up for and take diving courses in order to get your scuba diving certification. That means you put in many hours of research, practice, class time and tests, not to mention the money you paid for new diving gear, so why delay diving without a teacher after you get certified? You’ll begin to forget your newly acquired skills the longer you go without diving. Because of this, it’s recommended that you dive as soon as possible following your certification. Join a local scuba diving club and plan on diving at least several times a year.
- Not doing enough research: In all the excitement of becoming dive certified, you might neglect to thoroughly research diving spots. Dive areas will vary in style, experience, activities and other factors, and may even require you to wear gear you do not own. To avoid any surprises, new divers should jump online ahead of time to research potential diving spots.
- Not investing in your own diving gear: You may have borrowed scuba diving gear from the facility where you took diving classes or rented gear to dive in the past, but now that you’re certified to dive solo, it’s time to get your own. All your diving gear must fit well and be familiar to you before you head out. By using your own personal gear, you know exactly how to use everything for enjoyment, as well as if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.
- Ignoring dive rules: Holding a diving certification card for the first time can lead some new divers to loosely follow rules and guidelines. This can include not planning a dive trip properly, or acting recklessly under the water by disregarding time limits or turn points, ignoring dive depth limits or straying away from their diving buddy. To have the best dives you possibly can, stock up on training, knowledge and experience—winging it is not an option!
- Not asking questions: Next to gaining experience, the most effective way to learn is by asking a lot of questions, which is what every beginner diver should do. No question is stupid, so ask your dive teachers and professionals for clarification and more information, and don’t be afraid to seek guidance.
Once you are certified to go diving, you’ll get the chance to explore a whole new world under the water. Contact Northeast Scuba today to learn more about our scuba diving classes!