So you’ve decided to take the plunge! Literally! We did our first dive in Bali, and if you aren’t paying attention, the whole thing can seem quite complicated and daunting for a first timer. Here are a few Dos and Don’ts if this is the very first time you’re going Scuba Diving!
Before the Dive
-book your dive in advance and mentally prepare for it.
-be ready on time for your pick up from the dive centre.
-wear a swimsuit/bikini/swim shorts that you can wear inside your dive suit (remember, you’ll be changing on a boat).
-wear waterproof sunscreen and carry some with you.
-listen to your instructor during briefing and ask as many doubts as you want.
-research about and familiarize yourself the marine biology of the area so you have more fun spotting it during your dive.
-try out the equipment and gear on dry land to ensure you are comfortable.
-tell your dive centre about any existing health conditions/food preferences even though you may think they are insignificant.
-overeat the night before/on the morning of the dive.
-consume excessive amounts of alcohol the night before/before the dive
-be overconfident even if you are an excellent swimmer.
-take your instructor’s instructions for granted or not pay attention during briefing.
-do not hold up your dive group unless for a serious reason.
During the dive
-pay attention to your instructor’s instructions underwater and communicate with him/her frequently.
-carry your own GoPro and rig to shoot the marine life underwater
-breathe only through your mouth.
-communicate any discomfort/ fear to your instructor.
-point out any trash you see in the water so your instructor can collect it.
-dive if you aren’t fully confident about doing it.
-attempt to touch the marine life.
-litter in the ocean.
You can read about both our beginner dives in Nusa Penida and watch the videos here.