As human beings, we try our best in every aspect of life and scuba divers are no exception. And as a new diver, everything is unknown and exciting. However, we sometimes forget things or let our emotion get the best of us, which leads to unavoidable mistakes under water. Be on the right path to a fun and more relaxing scuba diving experience by avoiding the common missteps below.
Always in a hurry
Don’t push yourself competing with experienced divers. Always take your time when assembling your gear and remember to do buddy check before going for a dive. Once you’re in the water, descend slowly in every feet and be sure to check your buoyancy if it’s dialed in. A great diver is a calm and relaxed diver. Diving outside your experience and trying to compete with more experienced divers is how most accident happens, so stay slow, calm and controlled.
2. Neglecting proper gear maintenance
Scuba diving equipment is a life-support equipment. Each time you dive, you are going to a captivating, but also unpredictable environment; make sure you are well equipped with the right set of functioning equipment. Below are some tips on how you can properly take care of your equipment:
- Be sure to rinse your equipment after each dive and clean it before storing.
- Rinse your equipment after each dive and clean it after each trip before storage.
- Allow your gear to completely dry in a cool, shady and well-ventilated place before putting it away.
- Keep away from extreme temperature as well as dust and dirt.
- Monitor your equipment regularly for signs of wear, check if the hoses have leaks and cracks, and be sure to particularly pay attention to your regulator.
3. Not asking questions or holding back
Every diver started as a beginner and learned by asking questions and gaining experience. Do not be ashamed if you don’t know something – asking for clarifications or asking for guidance. You’re not the only one who needs more information, others may also be embarrassed to ask.
4. Doing multitasking
Monitoring your air, buoyancy, proper positioning, other divers, it really takes time to get familiar with the underwater environment. As a beginner, it is important to gain some diving experience before adding extra activities such as shooting videos or even photos. Trying to do too many tasks at once can affect your task load.
5. Diving beyond training
Never stop developing your diving skills since there is always room for more adventures – how to dive in a new environment, how to sharpen your skills or even how to use new equipment. No matter where your next diving adventure will be, always make sure you are equipped with the right training.