8 Essential Diving Tips for Beginners

Are you planning to start diving? Well, exploring the underwater environment is one of the most fascinating experiences you can ever have. However, no one can start diving without some prior knowledge. So we teach 8 tips for beginners you should bear in mind during your first dives. Read them carefully.

Diving tips for beginners

Prepare well

Diving is not like other sports like running where you just put on sneakers and start running. In diving you need prior training with a diving instructor to guide you on your first steps. Moana Diving we offer a complete catalog of diving courses covering all stages of learning.

Never dive alone

It is the golden rule of diving. Diving alone is only a recklessness that even the most experienced professionals usually avoid. Dive with at least one person and don’t stay far from them with a distance of more than 10 feet. It is also important to frequently communicate by sign language with your fellow dive to indicate that all is well.

Do not hold your breath

When a person is immersed in water, he has a natural tendency to hold your breath. It is almost a reflex, although they take a dive team that gives you the oxygen you need to act. We say this because holding your breath when not needed can cause problems such as pulmonary lesions or panic attacks.

Amounts slower than your bubbles

Our body does not tolerate sudden changes in pressure . So whenever you’re underwater and want to move up you should do it slowly. This requires a common rule in diving is up more slowly than the bubble column that is emitted with each exhalation of air.

Equalize your ears

The pressure change that occurs when diving is especially noticeable in the ears and can be a very uncomfortable feeling. To avoid this we must resort to the equalization , which is to make the ear pressure equals water pressure (you will feel a little plop ). One of the most known for doing maneuvers is the Valsalva maneuver consisting block with fingers the nostrils and blowing your nose. To do this maneuver more or less every meter you go down.

Keep your mask clean

As you venture underwater, you will have trouble seeing through goggles. This occurs because the lenses are blurred by the temperature difference between the water and your body. To avoid this you can rub the inside of the lens with a wet finger dipped in your saliva. Here’s a good list of dive mask reviews in 2016. 

Do not move too much

Remember that water is 800 times denser than air, so any movement costs you more effort than on the surface and you should not get tired too soon.

Be conservative

In diving, the more conservative you be the more safer you are. Follow the rules will keep you safe. Following these tips for beginner diving you can get started without problems in this exciting hobby. Have they found useful? Share them with your friends through social networks. If you want to any of our diving courses please contact us.

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How to Check Your Equipment Before Diving

Here are some tips on how to check our diving equipment, especially if you do not use it for a while, before leaving for a vacation or even for a single dive.

check dive equipment

 

– MASK : Check the wear of the strap and possibly take a spare one. It can come in handy if you snorkel in addition to diving and leave your equipment for the diving, as it becomes indispensable if you use an optical mask in case of any trouble or loss.

– FINS : Check the wear on the belts and connections between fin and strap, if you use fins of that type, otherwise check the wear of the shoe rubber.

– AERATOR : very useful especially for snorkeling between a dive and the other, check the wear of the rubber parts and the mouthpiece.

– BOOTS AND HOOD : a quick check at the hinges of shoes and wear and do not underestimate the use of the hood, can make a difference if the water does not have a very comfortable temperature.

– JACKET: check carefully the corrugated and controls, possibly link it to a cylinder together with your regulator or mouth and try to inflate and deflate, the keys have to return without difficulty to the starting position.

– REGULATORS: if you have ever made ​​the revisions should not have any surprises. Check the nozzle wear and whips (both of the second stage of the pressure gauge). In doubt and if you still do not use them for some time, take them to a store and have them checked.

– COMPUTERS: turn it on and check the battery status. Ensure that, for some computers, the battery can be replaced only by the manufacturer, get a good margin of time in this case. You can check out the best dive computers reviews here.

– GLOVES AND KNIFE : a few controls except that the knife was; but you can safely avoid putting them in a suitcase if you are traveling to tropical seas with coral reefs where, as a rule, it is forbidden to use to preserve the environment.

– BCD : more essential than ever. check that the line is in good condition.

– BELT OF LEADS : you will certainly not trouble finding the place, but having your own belt, the right size and with well functioning buckle, it is always preferable.

– REPAIR KIT : can be very useful and, at times, such as on a cruise, indispensable. My tips on what to bring:

– Mask strap

– Strap fins with individual plastic attachment

– Distributor caps

– Spare mouthpiece

Better to prefer limp totes and not rigid ones, they can be stowed on the boat better and take up less space. And if we go on a cruise, for advice from personal experience: 1 low pressure hose and a spare pressure gauge.

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5 Tips to prepare your CV as a PADI Pro and Respond to job adverts

You are looking for work in diving? As a PADI Pro, you already have a head start, given the fabulous opportunities available for Divemasters and Instructors. As with any dream job, though, there are many other dive professionals who are ready to send your CV to the most attractive locations available, just like you. It is important that you must make a great first impression and stand out from other candidates.

To help you be always among the candidates chosen for the final selection, we offer five tips to prepare your CV and answering job advertisements:

# 1 Prepare your CV in a professional manner

As a PADI Pro, you have a big responsibility and you have to be able to gain the trust of your customers with your professional attitude. Make sure your CV reflects your professionalism and contains all points that a potential employer will expect to find.

To effectively respond to an ad work, you should send: a letter, that arouses the interest of the law, a Curriculum Vitae (CV), with the right amount of detail, and your passport photo. Double check spelling and grammar, and make sure that the documents are readable and sorted.

# 2 Keep your CV short and simple, but be creative

Your potential employers (owners of diving centers, liveaboards, or personnel managers) are busy people and they do not usually have much time to make an initial screening of candidates based on the responses they receive.

For this, it is important that the documents contained in your response be short and concise. Enter all the necessary information and specify why you think you are the right person for that position: be brief, concise and go straight to the point. Also, add a little ‘of creativity (professional) to your response, so that it unmistakable.

I recommend you do a search on the internet: you will find many models that will help you prepare a well-structured and creative response, while maintaining a professional approach (as per point 1).

# 3 Use an acceptable photo

In many parts of the world, t-shirt and sunglasses are the “uniform” of diving instructors. It is not always a good idea, though, to give this image in the photo used for your CV. It is important that your employer can easily identify the photos and see, immediately, you will be an excellent candidate, professional and respectable, for a position as a PADI divemaster or instructor at their center.

Use a normal passport photograph and, even better, attach your photo full-length, in elegant and professional clothing.

# 4 Pay attention to the file size

Some of the best diving locations in the world are in remote or isolated areas, where internet connections are not fast like the ones we’re used to. Therefore, check that the file size (CV and photos) that you post is not too large. Avoid files larger than 1MB.

The best thing to do is send your documents in PDF format. This will reduce the file size, and will ensure that your future employer will be able to open files without the need for additional software.

# 5 Do not forget to add other skills

Many PADI Pros always make the same mistake, when responding to an ad work: only list their qualifications and scuba skills. Do not forget to add all your other skills: this will complete your profile and could make the difference in the final choice of the candidate.

You are a photographer or a videographer, add that to your CV.  You know how to work with particular types of computers, applications, or devices? You are a carpenter, engineer or nurse? List all your skills and talents … you never know!

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