January 4, 2016 Share 0 Tweet Share 0 Scuba diving can be scary for beginners. It is a unique experience that allows you to explore a whole new world. However, diving takes a lot of skill, patience, and the ability to relax and think in moments of duress. Remember, it is not natural for us to be underwater for extended periods of time. Once you obtain those skills, such as breathing with an oxygen tank, and able to relax, diving can provide you with one of the most peaceful experiences of your entire life. In this article, we will be going over some essential tips that you can utilize if you’re new to scuba diving. 1. Know What You Are Getting Into. First, understand and be 100% aware of what you are getting into. There are a ton of different reactions that one might have if they’re scuba diving for the first time. To test the waters before you take the deep plunge, you might want to consider doing different kinds of breathing underwater exercises including using a snorkel. See whether or not you can get used to the idea of breathing underwater with one of these and you should be able to adequately prepare yourself for the same kind of experience with scuba gear. Another helpful exercise is to time yourself holding your breath underwater, and then try to improve that time. You can read our dive watches guide if you want to learn more. 2. Do Not Hold Your Breath. Something that is going to cross your mind is that you should hold your breath as you are going underwater. The number one rule of scuba is that you are not to hold your breath. It is imperative that you continue breathing as you normally would and that you control your breathing at a steady pace. Holding your breath underwater in scuba gear can lead to serious health problems. For one, it can lead to lung injuries. It can also cause some to panic. This is likely to send you to the surface quickly which can result in further problems. Rising too fast can lead to decompression sickness or what divers refer to as “the bends”, where nitrogen bubbles build in your blood stream and will need to spend some time in a hyperbaric chamber for treatment. Symptoms, to name a few, range from dizziness, fatigue, rashes, and difficulties in breathing. Instead, you will want to breathe in a slow and relaxed manner and be sure to always exhale fully when you are scuba diving. 3. Never Dive When You Are Alone. Another important thing that you are going to want to do when going scuba diving is to make sure that you are not diving alone. You want to be sure that you are always within a close distance of someone else in the water. Never stray too far from your partner and frequently check-in with your partner during your dive. Diving with a partner can mean the difference between life and death because they will be able to help you should anything go wrong. 4. Correcting Foggy Goggles. Foggy goggles have the potential to freak just about anyone out. Not only do foggy goggles make it difficult to see your surrounding environment, but you might even get claustrophobic. To fix this problem, you will want to rub some of your saliva on the inside of the lens of the goggles to equalize the temperature to avoid steam/vapor from becoming a problem. It might not sound desirable, but it is a very effective method. Or, you can always buy an anti-fog gel for divers. Conclusion All in all, scuba diving is a great outdoor activity. You want to make sure that you’ve done your research, seek help, and understand all the risk factors before going all-in. As always, if it’s your first time, we suggest that you go with someone (a professional) before going on your own!