If you’re a beginning scuba diver––that is, someone who has just completed one of their first few dives––it is important to continue to build upon that experience.
Additionally, your first dives were likely designed to be as simple and safe as possible, so they really only prepare you for safe, simple future dives. If you want to go deeper, explore or become an underwater photographer, then you need further scuba education to prepare for the greater challenges and dangers of more complex diving.
Here are four reasons why it is important to further your scuba education.
Preparedness is confidence
We’ve touched on this before in an earlier post, but confidence is important for maintaining any new skill. If you were to go out the day after your first dive, in the same conditions, same depth and at the same location, you would probably feel pretty good, and would need limited help getting right back to what you were doing the day before. But what if you come back a week later? A month? A year?
The more you dive, the more confident you’ll be. And the more you dive under professional instruction, the faster you’ll learn, and the more real-life situations you’ll be able handle. In this way, confidence begets competence.
Beginner- and intermediate-level divers can experience more challenging dives with the help of an instructor
Scuba diving lessons are often the best ways to discover whether diving really is something you’re interested in for the long term. Once you get past the beginning stages, you can start to have some pretty cool adventures with your diving instructors, which should give you a taste of what it would be like to be an experienced diver going on your own adventures.
You need better than average skills to deal with the worst-case scenario
There are a number of challenges you could run into on a dive—bad weather, or finding yourself diving among fishing nets and lines, for example. If you ever plan to dive seriously, you need to have enough experience to be able to deal with the unexpected. Professional instruction helps you gain the experience necessary to do this.
Even if you’re only going to learn the basics, there is so much to learn
If you’re only going to learn the basics, you need experience in buoyancy control, navigating underwater, diving any deeper than 100 feet and knowing how to perform basic emergency oxygen provision and first aid for buddy dives. All of these things are important. They are the bedrock of being a good diver. So if you ever plan on diving, it’s important that you learn about these things. After you’ve learned these things, there are also numerous specialty courses you can take.
Scuba diving lessons in Chelmsford, MA
Northeast Scuba is a full-service dive facility in Chelmsford, MA. We offer a variety of scuba diving courses, including beginner open-water courses, as well as more advanced and technical courses. Among our most popular continued-education courses are our wreck-diving course, our photo-diving course and our search-and-recovery course. If you want to increase your diving confidence and competence, give us a call at Northeast Scuba. Half our lives are spent underwater, and we’ve got to tell you, we see a lot of things most people will never see. If you’re interested in joining us sometime soon, get in touch today!