The Beginner’s Diving Course: What to Expect

So, you’ve decided to take the plunge and try scuba diving for the first time? Good for you! Scuba diving is an amazing and completely unique experience that you will never forget. In fact, we find that most people, once they try it, can’t get enough.

We’re very excited to have you here, but we do understand that being a novice can be scary, and perhaps your excitement is mixed with a few reservations as well. So to help put your mind at ease, here are a few things to expect when you join Northeast Scuba to dive into your first scuba classes in Chelmsford, MA:

  • Instruction begins before you get into the water: The majority of your instruction will actually occur outside of the water. We’ll cover your diving environment, your gear and how to use it and basic diving skills like how to move underwater, breathing techniques and a few common hand signals. We’ll also use this time to address any specific questions or concerns you might have about the dive.

  • Breathing may not feel natural: Breathing underwater is just something our brains tell us not to do, so overcoming that natural reaction might be a little difficult at first. But we’ll use baby steps to help you get used to it. We’ll teach you how to breathe, have you try breathing with the gear outside of the water and then have you try it again with only your face in the water to make sure you get the hang of it and feel comfortable.

  • It’s noisy underwater: Water conducts sound more efficiently than the air, which is why they always tell you not to tap on the glass of an aquarium. When you first dive, you’ll find that the sound of your breathing and the bubbling sound from exhalation is surprisingly loud, but you’ll get used to it after a few minutes and it will soon become more like background noise.

  • You’ll feel weightless: In spite of how heavy your equipment may feel above water, while underwater, you’ll find that you feel surprisingly light. The buoyancy of the water gives you a freedom of movement that you’ve never felt before. The trick to making the most of this newfound mobility is to try not to fight it and just relax into the feeling of weightlessness.

  • You’ll forget stuff: People are usually so enthralled with the new experience of the dive that they forget some of the instruction they just received, such as hand signals or how to move underwater. This is perfectly normal and nothing to be scared or embarrassed about.

Your first dive will likely turn out to be one of the most exciting experiences of your life, but it may also be one of the most intimidating. Just remember that our expert instructors are always here to answer any questions you might have about your first scuba classes in Chelmsford, MA. We want you to feel excited and confident about your first dive!

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