The Open Water dive course is for most people the first time to experience the underwater world up close and personal. It can also be a pretty nerve-wracking time, particularly if you aren’t that comfortable in the water to start with. It makes people go outside of their comfort zone and forces you to put your safety and wellbeing in the hands of your instructor. So here’s our 10 tip guide to surviving the Open Water course and still coming out the other side as a competent diver:
Check that your dive shop includes everything for the course. You don’t want arrive on the first day to discover you need to buy your own mask and fins or that there are additional hidden costs.
Make sure you have done the theory part first before the practical. Although this part seems quite lengthy, ask your dive shop for the videos. This cuts down on the time spent reading and you can still get all the required info plus with more entertaining visuals. You’ll also feel more confident going into the practical with some basic knowledge.
When underwater remember to keep breathing. It might seem basic but easy to forget. Everything can be solved underwater, even if your mask is full of water, you will still have air flowing through your regulator.
When underwater you’ll be doing some skills practice. If you’re right next to the instructor you’ll end up going first. For those you prefer to watch others before having to do it yourself, make sure to position yourself so that someone else is first up. The instructor might need a buddy to demonstrate with and you don’t want to be making a fool of yourself.
If you put your mask on your forehead you’re buying everyone a round at the end of the day. A mask on the forehead is
a sign of a panicked diver.
Trust your dive instructor. They are trained and know what to do to help you enjoy the experience.
Once you’ve got the hang of it don’t forget to look around. It is easy to be so wrapped up in what you’re doing and making sure you’re not crashing into others that you forget to enjoy the beauty of the fish and sea life.
Don’t pee in your wetsuit! You will be washing it yourself but as soon as you take it off everyone will smell it.
Girls- makeup and diving don’t mix.
Enjoy it! This is your introduction into the amazing world of diving and a whole new lifestyle (soon your travel destinations will revolve around good dive spots).