Diving baptism, learn to dive for beginners
The fascinating world under the sea is one of the most intriguing places. It is so appealing if you have ever thought of being able to breath and move under water. The silence of surroundings, only the soothing sounds of bubbles coming from your breathing; The sensation of zero gravity, when you are floating through reef and coral; The extraordinary scenery of sea life with various fish species, shark, octopus..., as if you were in another world. All of this excitement makes scuba diving a unique sport, a never ending adventure.
If you are always curious on how you could dive down and move around underwater, this article is for you. Here, you will find all the necessary information to take your first steps into the wonderful underwater world, as well as some useful tips.
What is a scuba diving baptism experience?
Diving baptism is the term for your first experience with scuba diving. At this point, you don’t need to have prior knowledge about this world. Although the baptism experience may not be the same at different diving centers, as they are defined by different standards according to the organizations or diving federation they belong, we will go into detail about this later on, but they are certainly pro divers that will guide you through your first day as a diver.
Diving baptism or Try dive is the first course provided by diving organization and serves as the first step to diving. Now you may ask:
How try dive works?
The Try dive course has three parts:
- First you participate in an orientation, where you are given the basics of the dive and the location, where your Try dive takes place.
- Once you have a clear idea of what is needed and the appropriate information, you are well equipped to enter the water. At this point, the instructor will guide you through several exercises. You learn how to use your gear safely and be confident underwater. This training will normally occur in a pool.
- This is the part you have been waiting for. After previous training, you are free to dive by yourself and able to start discovering the ocean! Of course, your instructor will look after you in any circumstance, so you can feel free to explore underwater in complete safety.
If you consider something new and exciting for your next vacation, learning scuba diving might be a fascinating trip.
What is the minimum age to start diving?
The minimum age for the first Try dive may vary with countries, regions, federations or associations that the diving center belongs.
If the regulation for scuba diving is not available in your destination, rules by association or federation will be applied. For example, 10 years old with Padi, 8 years old with Acuc or Fedas… Padi, Acuc and Fedas are different associations. Padi is the most recognized dive certification agency.
If your travel destination has regulations for scuba diving, those must be followed. As mentioned earlier, this may vary from country to country. We suggest checking with your diving center prior to the trips.
What do I need to bring to my Try dive?
For your first dive, you just need a swimsuit, a towel and your eagerness to have a good time. The rest of the equipment will be provided by the operator.
What is the equipment for my first dive?
You will use a set of gear that is typically used by any diver. The gear includes mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device (BCD), weight system and wetsuit.
Before you start using any of this equipment, you will learn how to use them properly so that you can enjoy your dive in safety.
Do I need dive insurance for my first dive?
For any underwater activity, it is important to have insurance in case of an accident. With your try dive, your operator is responsible for obtaining the insurance.
5 tips for your first dive
- Breakfast is always important and remember to wait for digestion before starting to dive. Scuba diving, like other sport activities, requires a lot of energies. That´s why we recommend you to take a healthy breakfast that will energize you throughout the dive. This simple step ensures you to have a great time underwater, discovering fish species and other creatures of the deep.
- Before putting on your wetsuit or getting into the water, remember to visit the toilet. You may lose your body heat when diving, and might need to go to the toilet. This simple tip makes sure you will enjoy your dive worry-free.
- Listen carefully to the explanations of your instructor. Ask as many questions as needed. Relax and get ready for one of the most spectacular moments of your life.
- Once in the water, it is very important to concentrate on enjoying the experience, seeing what the ocean has to offer. Stay calm to create easy movement through the water. Furthermore, you spend less energy and air, so the dive can last longer.
- Last but not least, have respect for the underwater world. Enjoy the view but do not touch anything that you aren't sure of. You may damage the scenery or some creatures may hurt you. Respect for the ecosystem is the first rule of any diver.
Other courses for beginners
PADI SCUBA DIVER
The PADI Scuba Diver is the transition module between the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) and the Open Water Diver (with OWD you can dive without a supervisor). If you feel like doing more than one dive to introduce yourself in this world, this is a very good option instead of the Try dive.
The PADI Scuba Diver course is part of Open Water Diver. By completing the remaining lessons, you can get the Open Water Diver certification.
The course is divided into:
- 3 training dives in confined water, where you learn how to handle the equipment and basic skills required to dive in open waters.
- 2 dives in open water, where you practice your skills and theoretical knowledge. You are always accompanied by a certified instructor.
- Theoretical lessons or orientations, where you study the basics to dive safely and responsibly.
Once you successfully complete the Scuba diver course, you can dive to a maximum depth of 12 meters. However, you still need to have a supervisor with suitable PADI qualifications. If you would like to dive freely by yourself, you need to complete the OWD. PADI Scuba Diver certification has no expired date.
DISCOVER SCUBA DIVING
As the name suggested, the PADI DSD is a program designed for people who want to discover the sport. This program is very similar to what we call Try dive. However, it has different standards applied by PADI.
This course is divided in three parts as well:
- Theory learning, orientation lessons, where you gain knowledge and basic techniques to perform in confined water lessons later on.
- Performing exercise in confined water, usually a pool. Exercises are standardized by PADI and all participants of DSD take part in these training.You will learn how to use your gear proficiently.
- Taking a dive in open water under a qualified PADI´s supervision. You will practice what you have learned and trained during former sessions.
Once you complete these 3 training sessions successfully, you will receive a certification, which allows you to dive in any PADI center in the world. You can dive up to 12 meters deep and always accompanied by a professional PADI instructor.
If you want to advance with scuba diving, you can easily link you DSD diploma to either Scuba Diver of OWD course since the DSD program is the transition part of SD and OWD. The PADI Discover Scuba Diving certification expires after 1 year.