Beginners Guide To Scuba Diving

Beginners guide to scuba diving in Australia

Everyone loves an adventure, may it be hiking, camping, kayaking or canoeing. If you’ve never gone on a dive trip, now is the best time to explore the Australian waters. But first, you have to learn how to scuba dive before you take the plunge. Here are 19 scuba diving tips for beginners to prepare you for your first dive.

  1. Do some research – Know where you want to learn scuba diving, which dive school you want to enrol in and find out whether that school has a good reputation of professionalism and safety.
  2. Pick a good location – The Great Barrier Reef is perfect with good visibility, warm waters and impressive shallow dive sites.
  3. Follow your instructor’s directions – They are very professional, they know what they are doing and talking about, and they can guide you to become a great scuba diver.
  4. Learn with a group – It may be competitive, but absolutely enjoyable. A group of up to 8 divers is a good size for learning.
  5. Don’t give up – Face your underwater fears. The end result will be a breathtaking and memorable experience.
  6. Always stay hydrated – Drink lots of water before you go underwater.
  7. Learn the basics – Practice yoga and swimming to maximise your comfort and confidence. Yoga helps you control your breathing, while swimming helps you maintain buoyancy at the bottom of the sea.
  8. Take seasick pills or medication beforehand if you’re at risk of seasickness.
  9. Understand the different types of scuba diving – These include drift diving, night diving, deep diving, cave diving and wreck diving.
  10. Buy diving gear and equipment – Purchase breathing apparatus, breathing gas, fins, masks, wetsuits/drysuits, buoyancy controls, and miscellaneous gear including knives, buoys, cameras, GPS systems, lights, safety equipment, and more.
  11. Do a liveaboard dive course – Live aboard dive courses and trips are essential for extra practice, and the additional dives will help you feel more comfortable underwater.
  12. Keep your skills fresh – Practice, practice, practice. Try to dive every few months, to become a better diver.
  13. Do a diving or snorkelling tour. There are many great diving tour companies to take the stress out of diving alone. Australian Wildlife Journeys also offer snorkeling tours for those not game enough to go deep under.
  14. Communication is important – Make sure you’re comfortable communicating and practising with your dive buddy/instructor. If you want to alert another diver or grab their attention, make noise by banging your tank lightly with a tank banger.
  1. Dont’s – Don’t fly for a day after diving. Don’t binge drink the night before the dive trip; alcohol consumption results to hangovers, which can lead to seasickness. Don’t bother with cheap underwater cameras; their picture quality is low, they have limited storage space and you can’t preview them.
  2. Always keep breathing – Under no circumstances should you hold your breath. Breath slowly and try to relax so you don’t deplete your breathing gas or air too quickly.
  3. Shark attacks – Don’t panic or swim quickly to the surface when you see a shark. Keep breathing and keenly follow your guide’s instructions.
  4. Take care of equipment – After a dive, rinse your dive gear with clean water, hang it to dry, and keep it away from the sand and the sun.
  5. Lastly, stay positive – After all, scuba diving is an exciting and spectacular adventure!

 

All About Scuba Fins In The Mix Of Things

All about scuba fins. What you need to know!

Most scuba divers glide underwater better when they use scuba fins. Propelling yourself underwater with your feet alone will give you poor thrust, in addition to the weight of scuba diving equipment you are carrying.
Free divers prefer using very long scuba fins and mono fins because they allow better underwater propulsion with fewer leg movements.

Scuba fins are also referred to as swim fins, and if you are outside North America, they are commonly known as flippers.

Here’s a bit of trivia you may find interesting:

When he was a young boy living near a river in Boston, Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin devised a pair of swim fins. His swim fins were two thin wooden pieces that are shaped like an art palette. His swim fins helped him move more swiftly in the water. Benjamin Franklin isn’t the only famous person who tried to create something that would make moving through the water faster. Painter, scientist, and inventor Leonardo Da Vinci also played around with the idea of swim fins.

Two individuals who were working independently of each other were the first to create a working, practical version of swim fins. They are Frenchman Louis de Corlieu and American Owen Churchill. In the early 1940s, the US Navy became interested in the swim fins that Churchill designed for use by the US Navy’s underwater demolition teams. Most sporting goods stores and surf shops carry swim fins that sport Churchill’s design.

Eventually, swim fins evolved in response to the unique needs of swimmers and scuba divers. Today you will see swim fins in varying types and designs. For instance, swim fins for scuba divers have wide fins. Because scuba divers carry heavy scuba diving equipment and gear with them underwater, scuba fins that are wide can help them overcome water resistance. Snorkelers, on the other hand, need lightweight fins that are also flexible. Ocean swimmers, body surfers, and lifeguards tend to use swim fins that remain on their feet as they move through the large surf.

There are swim fins that have a water vent through the blade. The water vent opens backward on the underside and opens forward on the upper side. When the hip joint flexes, water goes backward out of the vent in the fin. These swim fins are often referred to as “jetfins.” However, the term is actually a trade name. There are also swim fins with blade ends that split, mimicking the tail of fish.