Scuba Diving – how to start?
Divers compare diving to walking in the space or flying
Most of my friends who tried scuba diving agrees it is a little like flying or walking in space. Weightless, going up or down left or right. We can see a new world. And yes, there is another world out there. Plants, animals you have not seen yet or you only saw in photos or videos. Exactly like on the surface some of them are under protection, some might be dangerous but most of them are extremely friendly or even curious and might approach very close to you.
One of the most important thing in diving is to never dive alone and to get your equipment check, so you can enjoy it even more. Get a professional help or some advise in store or from scuba instructor while choosing the right gear. A good scuba diving mask, comfortable scuba diving suit designed for confition of where are you going to be diving, BCD – buoyancy control device and fins is what I would suggest to start with. There is no need to buy balast or scuba tanks, as this can be easly rented in all scuba diving locations. After I bought mine set i went straight to swimming pool to try it and I loved it. For other gear and equipment, you will have enough time to try different things and choose the one you like the most. As a next purchase or upgrades I would focus on good regulator and light – torch or a strong underwater flashlight.
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First things first. You should start from a beginners diving course. This is not to waste of your money or time, but it makes you feel more comfortable and relaxed under water. You enjoy things way more and you relax more if you know exactly what you are doing. It does not matter what school will you choose as long as you go with experienced and good divers, so read some reviews, ask in stores, ask other people who tried diving. I personaly suggest PADI next to it SSI would be my other suggestion.
Remember – baby steps under water are very important as you play with your safety. So give it time. Stay calm and enjoy. Go level after level. You do not have to dive deeply to se the beauty of see, lakes or oceans.
Mask should be comfortable and should fit to your face. Not bothering your nose and stay on face if you suck a little ait with your nose.
Wet suits, dry suits, Semi Wet Suits are made different with different brands, some of them even the same size will fit you better some not. Try the one that wont be bothering your moves and will give you as much comfort and movement flexibility as possible. You also need to match it right to the water conditions. The colder the water the thicker it should be. I would not suggest to start from dry suit as none of diving schools are. There is a bit more logic and problems with it you should be aware of before trying it. So get a wet suit or semi wet suit you will feel comfortable with.
Fins, is what will give you speed and movement flexability under water. This is why it is worth to spend a while and choose one you will enjoy the most. Try different ones. Maybe borrow different sets from your diving school and try them, than you can buy the type you like the most.
Padi Locator is alowing you to find nerby shops, schools and local diving centers.