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!