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5 Tips To Prepare You For Your First Diving Experience
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1. Be physically prepared
Whilst scuba diving may not require the same level of cardio activity as running, it could be compared to hiking. Sleeping well is necessary and you should avoid travelling by night before starting a dive the morning after. Regular exercises is a must if you want to master your air consumption and enjoy your dive thoroughly, especially when water current is strong.
2. See the view
We all share the same target: to view the underwater world. So don’t miss it due to a bad mask. This part of your equipment is the most important of all. Today, all regulators or BCD on the market are more than safe. But a mask is the ultimate interface between you and the wonders of underwater world. Choose it to fit comfortably to your face. A glass closer to your eyes will be the best option to maximize the wide view through a mask (and not the width of the glass …). Before the first use, in order to avoid fog on the glass, don’t forget to wash your mask thoroughly. Use a detergent to wash the inside silicon and glass (toothpaste can also be used). The root cause of this fog is a greasy film that is not removed during production process. Experienced divers also sometimes burn internal tempered glass with a lighter to remove this greasy film. Of course, before jumping into water, you will still need to use soap or even saliva on the glass to rinse it.
3. Are you insured for scuba diving ?
Many insurance companies do not include scuba diving in their policy as they consider scuba diving a risky activity. Divers Alert Network (DAN) is an internationally recognised association dedicated to scuba diving safety, and is the best option to insure yourself for diving.
4. A scuba diving level is a must have
PADI, SSI and CMAS are leading the scuba diving training skills worldwide. Getting certified from these associations doesn’t only mean getting a card but is also a warranty to get the minimum skills to dive safely. Moreover, you will be trained not to damage the environment, by controlling your buoyancy underwater and protecting corals from your fins. This first level will also help you to avoid paying for a first dive that is generally much more expensive.
5. Plan for a minimum of 3 days
If you plan a first dive trip, don’t forget that you will not be able (due to risk of decompression sickness) to take the plane back within the next 24h after your last dive … That means it’s difficult to consider taking a flight for diving over a weekend. 3 days are a minimum to enjoy!
Now that you’ve got the technical tips, here are some products in our scuba diving range which are most suitable for beginners.
Mask Recommendation: A very good, comfortable, and durable scuba diving mask is the TRIBORD Mantiroa 100+ Mask. Its tempered glass and robust silicon skirt will follow you for many years. Available in pink and green, sizes S – L, S$22.90
Wetsuit Recommendation: The TRIBORD D100 Subea Men’s Dive Wetsuit has a front zipper, very convenient on the boat to close quickly just before diving. The neoprene foam is a real 2mm diving foam, durable and compression resistant. Available only in men’s design at the moment, S$85.90
Now that you’ve got your tips, go out there and see the (underwater) world!