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What Should I Expect on My First Dive?

If you have never gone scuba diving before, you probably have myriads of questions. As a beginner it is okay to be nervous or have overwhelming feelings. As such, if you are taking tutorials from the instructors, anything that pops into your head is worth asking.

The following are some of the things to expect and get ready for during your first diving experience:

Infographic explaining new sensations felt in your first diving experience

Strange Breathing Experience

Diving underwater means you will be breathing through a scuba regulator located on the scuba tanks. If it is your first time to use this equipment, it will feel strange drawing breaths while your face is underwater. Naturally, humans are never wired to do this, and hesitant urges may naturally kick in. If you want to overcome this problem, do some practice before diving. Practice breathing through the regulator until you are familiar and comfortable with the mouth only breathing.  Your Scubadelphia instructors will help you to get comfortable.

A Lot of Noise

For most first-time divers, the underwater environments are supposed to be silent and relaxing. However, this is not usually always the case. Notably, your breathing underwater will generate a lot of noise because water conducts noise more efficiently than the air. Sound waves also travel faster and will reach your ears almost immediately. However, once you become accustomed to breathing underwater, you will tune out the bubbling sound made by exhaling air properly, and the sounds will become distant.

Restricted Underwater Vision

Ideally, the scuba masks you wear have the potential to restrict your peripheral vision. Notably, light behaves abnormally in water, and objects can appear much closer than they actually are. However, you can quickly acclimate your field of vision after a few trips underwater. Ideally, a diver's brain learns quickly to adjust to magnification changes, and most experienced divers no longer notice these changes. If you want to overcome this problem, strive to touch underwater objects such as the pool floor, pool wall, or the dive buddy. You can combine this technique with underwater cameras to help you know the real distance of things.


One notable feeling associated with scuba diving is weightlessness. You will have a lot of freedom of movement with the ability to fly up, down, left, and right as you wish. Ideally, when underwater, you can quickly move in three dimensions, and if you need to achieve some control, determine to relax into the water's weightlessness. This will help you adjust your feelings for the water and aids your buoyancy to offer adequate support. Remember to avoid the temptation to fight the water when trying to stay in position. Relax and enjoy the freedom from gravity.

Although scuba diving takes a little getting to get used to, it is worth the effort. It is okay to feel strange and overwhelmed if you are a new diver; all it takes to overcome these feelings is some training and a little patience. If you’re looking to get ready for your first dive, contact Scubadelphia Diveseekers today!