Smart Tips for a Novice Diver
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Smart Tips for a Novice Diver

If you are new to scuba diving, you can learn a lot from experienced divers who know what they need to do in order to safely enjoy the beauty available under water. New divers should know that scuba diving is an experience that should be shared with others, not only for enjoyment, but for safety. However, divers have to know their own limits and be self reliant.

A new diver shouldn't go into diving conditions without proper training, even when led by someone more experienced. Being aware of limits is important for safety. Self reliance is also important when it comes to your equipment. Keep your diving equipment in good shape and make sure you have everything you need for a particular dive. 

Always go into a dive with the right attitude. Know your goals for a particular dive and dive with someone who has similar goals. Do you want an adventurous dive or a leisurely sightseeing one? Make sure your buddy wants the same things you do. Another important aspect of attitude is stress management. If you are feeling nervous about a particular dive, talk it out. If you're still feeling nervous, skip the dive. 


Be aware of your health and your fitness levels. If your sinuses are clogged, the pressure of diving to some depths can cause unbearable pain or inner ear damage, which is one of the most common diving injuries. Even if you are treating congestion with medication, that medication could wear off in the middle of your dive. Also honestly assess your fitness level. You might experience unexpected currents while diving and you have to be strong enough to swim against them. Get annual physicals to assess your cardiovascular health. In divers over the age of 40, cardiovascular problems are the leading cause of death. Make sure your physician knows you are a diver and is experienced in assessing diver health. 

If you want to gain new dive experiences, start slowly. Take a class or dive with an instructor who knows an experience is new to you. Diving at night or at new depths takes practice and you shouldn't put yourself in a situation that makes you uncomfortable.

Both new divers and experienced ones can benefit from practice. Be sure you're comfortable taking off your mask or weight belt underwater. You must be able to do these things smoothly and without incident above water before you try to do them below. Practice safety skills with your dive buddy during your dive or take a few minutes at the end of your dive to run a few drills. If you keep these skills sharp, they'll be readily available to you if you ever need them. 

If you are a new diver, look for a community group and get involved with its members. Many towns have dive clubs or dive centers you can join where you can take classes, attend meetings, or learn insider tips about great places to dive. 

As your experience grows, remember that variety will keep you passionate about the sport. There is an entire world under the ocean's surface to explore and if you have diving skills, you have access to it. Visit kelp forests or reefs. Travel to other areas. By sticking to one area, you're doing yourself a disservice as a diver.

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