09 Sep Common Problems for Beginner Scuba Divers
Since you’re here, you’re probably wondering what it’s like to scuba dive, and what challenges you can expect. For first-timers and those with no experience, it can be quite daunting, but don’t worry! Scuba diving is not difficult at all, and with the proper training you’ll be surprised just how easy it is – it’s also a very rewarding and eye-opening experience.
In this article, we’ll highlight some of the common problems beginner scuba divers can expect, so you can anticipate, and hopefully prepare, properly.
Equalizing is one of the first skills taught during diving instruction. It’s a water skill that eventually becomes natural, and even instinctive for many divers. However, there are many who face difficulties in this part of the learning process. Equalizing is essentially balancing the pressure inside the middle ear with the surrounding pressure of the diver, as he or she descends in the water. Take time to master this skill carefully, and ask the diving instructors to guide you through each step until you’re confident.
Another challenge for entry-level divers is clearing their mask. Many dive instructors skim over this water skill, and beginners often underestimate it. Mask clearing comes in handy when water slowly seeps into your mask and blocks your visibility. It can be a frightening experience, that can trigger panic and a sensation of drowning. Our tip to master this skill is to take it slow and practice in shallow waters until you’re confident.
Weighting & buoyancy
This one relates to navigation and how to maneuver your body efficiently underwater. Being able to control your body’s buoyancy can be the difference between moving effortlessly (if executed properly) and feeling out of control (if not mastered properly). Many divers have difficulty mastering this skill, and it is completely understandable. As this is an essential skill, it’s best to take your time and ensure you understand the concept, then build your confidence by breaking down the process into smaller steps.
Sometimes, the thing that keeps you from diving is psychological rather than physical or a lack of water skills. These mental barriers may be rooted in the subconscious, triggered by phobias that you may or may not know about. Two of the most common phobias related to diving are claustrophobia (the fear of small spaces, like underwater caves) and agoraphobia (the fear of wide-open spaces, such as the open ocean). These fears can be debilitating, causing panic and anxiety which can be dangerous.
To conclude, here at Blue Season Bali, we know just how rewarding a scuba diving experience can be. We want to share this experience with enthusiasts and those who are curious but need a little encouragement. If you’re interested in diving, feel free to reach out to us at Blue Season Bali. Our dive instructors are more than happy to guide you in every step to ensure you’re comfortable and confident in your water skills.