Scuba diving is mostly done to experience the allure of the unreachable undersea realm. We simply cannot breathe underwater, which is one aspect of nature that civilization has yet to totally manage. The various hues and marine fauna are so spectacular in all of these sites that visitors come time and time again.

open water diver certificationThe recreational depth limit is between 30 and 40 meters (equating to 100 to 133 feet). If you want to go deeper, you’ll need special instruction or a professionally trained companion.

Here are the things you should know very well before diving into the water:

  1.   Buoyancy skills – being in the water requires you to have such skills because any diver should be able to ascend or descend by inhaling or exhaling, respectively. Building positive buoyancy at the surface saves energy and prevents fatigue and drowning. At the end of each dive, you should achieve positive buoyancy. This is the initial step in assisting a weary, frightened, or unconscious diver on the surface.
  2.   Dive equipment – Dive equipment is important for a diver’s safety. As a result, all divers must repair and maintain their equipment on a regular basis. If you give good maintenance frequently for your equipment, you will be able to rely on it during your dives. If you are prepared for an uncommon dive, double-check that you have all of the necessary equipment.
  3.   Watch your fins – divers should be aware of their surroundings to avoid kicking on buddies or dragging it on marine lives. It could be bad for their ecosystem. Make sure to get back and get everything off your fins so you will be able to move around again. And make sure you are not touching any unnecessary things to avoid any harm done to the living creature there.
  4.   Stay fit – Although much of our time beneath is pleasant, long surface swims, diving in strong currents, lugging gear, and exposure to harsh weather all contribute to diving being a difficult hobby. Maintaining an adequate degree of personal fitness is essential for safe diving. Inadequate fitness leads to overexertion, which leads to increased air intake and is not good for your body. Not only you have to be physically fit, you will have to make sure that you are mentally available to dive in.
  5.   Dive in your limit – some might say you have to get out of your comfort zone, but that does not apply here, for scuba diving. Taking the time to properly plan your dive is crucial to ensure your safety underwater. Before diving, regardless of who you’re diving with, be sure you’ve agreed on a maximum time and depth and never exceed the limit no matter what happens.
  6.   Stay in a group – the term used for diving groups is ‘buddy’. Make sure to always dive in with your buddy and not to go alone. We can never be sure of what will happen under the water, so being with at least a buddy will prevent you from getting hurt alone. They will be there to help in any cases.

If you are new, learn from someone who at least has the open water diver certification so you will get full knowledge and information on scuba diving.