It’s been a dry start of the year for many scuba divers - including us! So, how do you get back into scuba diving after a dry spell?
Obviously that depends on how long you have been out of the water, how long you have been diving & what level you are! One rule of thumb however; no matter how long it’s been since your last dive take it easy and restart slowly!
The new inexperienced scuba diver
A good idea, before you even set off on your diving trip, is to get out your Open Water Diver manual & refresh the basics. You will be surprised of how many little things you had forgotten but also pleasantly surprised how quickly it comes flooding back. And the next advisable step is to book a Reactivate dive where your instructor can make sure your skills & knowledge are up to date & like that you can continue your dive trip with peace of mind! Remember at the beginning of learning a new skill it’s important to be supported by someone in the know-how - your dive instructor or dive centre.
A scuba refresher course is always a good idea!
The experienced diver
No doubt you have your own equipment, so the first step is to spend some time checking over everything in your dive bag before that much anticipated scuba trip. You don’t want to arrive only to find out you have a leak somewhere or a piece of dive kit needs replacing! Now is the time to visit your local technician for regulator revision etc. & of course to buy some of the latest new dive toys! And training - well none of us know everything there is to know about scuba diving so why not?
Know your limits
One of the things repeated throughout scuba driving training, no matter which agency you passed with, is the need to recognise your limits and not to push them without the proper training. Those limits however often need adapting after a period out of the water. Don’t go jumping right into the deep end (excuse the pun), start slowly, keep shallow and increase your depths gradually.
Restart gradually - don't go deep directly!
And for those of you who dive deep: remember your body needs time to adapt to being exposed once more to nitrogen. You may be used to deep diving at and beyond 40 metres but dive directly to these depths & you may risk a nasty narcosis! Take your time, there’s no races to be won in scuba diving!
Don’t be a hero
The biggest thing to remember is scuba diving is an activity that takes place in an environment which isn’t naturally our to be in. It’s for this reason that feeling nervous on the first dive after a break is completely normal.
Just take your time, dive with a trusted buddy if possible, remember your buddy check, verify hand signals & go down slowly, not forgetting to equalise! You will be amazed at how quickly it all comes back, & how quickly you feel at one with the magical underwater kingdom!
Enjoy your dive. Remember there are no good divers, only old divers!
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