Vacations can be even more memorable if you know to fill them with interesting and unforgettable activities. Fortunately, scuba diving is one of those memory maker activities, especially if it is going to be your first experience of this kind.
Everything begins with choosing the perfect location for your first scuba diving experience. You will definitely love diving among coral reefs, see shipwrecks, beautiful caves, colorful plants and all sorts of fish.
Another factor that will ensure the success of your first diving experience is the underwater visibility. Depending on the water area you are in, you will be able to see clearly from 2 feet to over 100 feet away. Of course, the visibility is directly related to the sea conditions: if the weather is calm and the sea is still, the visibility will be very good. If you choose to scuba dive in tropical waters, you will be able to see the sun even while being 100 feet under the water.
When you are planning to have your first underwater experience, the specialists advise that you should not venture deeper than 130 feet. Of course, the moment you have gained enough experience, you are free to experience deeper waters, but until then it is better to stick with this safety rule. As you get deeper and deeper, the light is lesser and the waters are darker.
Depending on the area where you want to experience your first dive, you may want to get a professional scuba swimming suit or at least a regular bathing suit. In tropical waters, the water temperature is almost unchanged; if you plan to dive in other areas of the globe, it is important to know that for every 500 feet the temperature decreases with about 10 degrees.
In some of the areas on the globe, the currents may be very strong, so you need to inform yourself on this matter. The peril is that the current will carry you away from your scuba diving boat. The truth is that some of the popular diving places are characterized by strong water currents, and thus only experienced divers can go safely in the water.
Check the power and the direction of the current before having the first contact with the water. At the same time, you should know there are also special regions in the world where you can experience the drift dive, meaning that you can let yourself intentionally be carried away by the underwater current. If this is the case, the boat that has brought you on the spot is responsible for following you and helping you if it is needed.
Your first scuba diving trip should be well planned, and you should get suitable gear, in order to ensure a nice and safe experience. Depending on the temperature of the waters you intend to try, the swimsuit will have a specific thickness, which ranges from 3 to 7 millimeters (0.12 to 0.27 inches). Of course, the colder the water, the thicker is the swimsuit.
Be extra careful when you pick the gloves, the hoodie and the booties. Besides the suit, there are some other devices that you will need to have, and buying the proper ones requires the advice of a specialist. I am talking here about the buoyancy compensator device (it allows you to achieve neutral buoyancy under water, as well as ascend and descend), the weight belt (counteracts the buoyancy of the gear), the diving cylinders that contain the air you are going to breathe under water, the regulator (lets the air from the tank go out in a controlled manner), the snorkel and a knife. All these are necessary equipment pieces that should fit your body characteristics.
For your first diving experience, you may want to get in the water simply by walking. In this case you should know the underwater landform type – will there be rocks or sand? Or, you may decide to use a boat and roll in backwards or jump from the rear of the boat. Just before doing this, make sure you do a final checking of the gear to ensure that you don’t run into any problems. Armed with these tips, your first scuba diving experience is bound to be a success!