Beginner’s Guide To Scuba Diving

A beginner’s guide to scuba diving in Australia

Though scuba diving in Australia is a fairly safe sport, there are several safety measures that must be adhered to. Failure to keep an eye on the following precautions may lead to serious medical
issues, injuries, and even death.

1. Don’t attempt a dive you’re not trained for or comfortable with.

2. Be aware of tides and currents.

3. Never hold your breath when ascending. Always ascend slowly while breathing normally.

4. Understand the area you’re going to dive in and any possible dangers. These include any
corals or fish that may cause injury.

5. Plan your dive and follow that plan.

6. Don’t use drugs or drink alcohol before diving.

7. Get clearance from your doctor/physician before diving if you’re on medication or you
suffer from a certain medical issue.

8. Don’t panic underwater. If you’re afraid or confused, stop and relax a bit or get assistance
from a dive buddy or the dive master.

9. If your scheduled dive requires decompression stops, avoid flying on a plane for at least
one day.

10. Don’t try cave diving if you don’t have the proper training and the necessary equipment.

11. Lastly, dive alone – die alone!

Scuba diving preparations

The main reasons scuba divers die or become injured include procedural errors,
environmental problems, equipment problems, and poor health. Before each dive, ensure
you’re fit and healthy and make sure you thoroughly inspect your gear. Also, take safety
seriously. Observe all safety rules, local rules, and safety regulations provided by your dive
guide.

How to scuba dive

Scuba diving requires a dive buddy, the right training, and the proper equipment. On top of
that, you need to:

1. Find scuba diving courses

Attempting a dive on your own can be risky. You need to learn how to dive safely and
efficiently. Diving programs, like Australian Wildlife Journeys, generally include ‘try dives’. These dives allow you to practice scuba diving in a swimming pool. Open water courses and liveaboard courses are often provided after completing some of the basic training.

2. Meet the physical prerequisites

Diving equipment has been improved to accommodate both novice and advanced divers.
However, there are certain physical requirements to keep in mind. A basic level of fitness is
required. You should be comfortable underwater. And it’s a plus if you’re a good swimmer.

3. Get scuba diving gear

Plenty of gear ensures a safe and efficient dive. After receiving proper training, you can
either buy or rent your equipment. You’ll require a snorkel; mask; fins; regulator; dive
computer; tank; dive weights; buoyancy control (BC), and an exposure protection suit.

4. Know the dive theory

Understand how diving and different underwater environments may affect you and your gear.
This will improve safety. Before diving, you may want to understand nitrogen absorption;
safety stops; buoyancy basics; pressure; non-decompression limits, and ear equalization
basics.

5. Get lessons from a dive instructor

Perfect your scuba diving skills by practising with an instructor. You should learn hand
signals and be able to breathe underwater. Also, learn how to descend and ascend, how to
prepare for a dive, and how to maintain your equipment.