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What to Consider as a New Student to Diving?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by GDI, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. cozkid

    cozkid Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: dallas texas
    As an Instructor, I've only had to deny certification to 2 students.

    A criteria of mine, is to first make sure that the individual _Wants to dive. Having worked in a resort area, I have many students that have been pushed into diving by a loved one, wanting them to accompany them in their hobby. The pressure of this expectation, added onto learning a skill that has it's own pressures, can be difficult in the least.

    So, before beginning to want to learn to dive, list the reasons for yourself. As you will be the one in the class, interacting with the new environment and your Instructor, make sure that you are ready. Make sure that this is something that you want to do. As we all know, when you want something, you will work hard to get it.

    Now to find an Instructor that will let you fulfill your goal? That will be up to you.

    I have had many people come to me for instruction. Many professionals have asked how can you have so much patience??....... Because I love the sport, I teach, remembering how I learned for the first time. Scared of the unknown, breathing underwater,,,,,,,

    The best compliment that I received (from a Professional - A Course Director) was, "That was the best briefing I've ever heard". My briefing was one that answered all questions before they were asked. I've heard them (the questions) for 20 years. My job as an Instructor, ( I say job, it was my job for over 20 years, I chose and did it because I loved it!!!!) was to answer those questions, and explain things in such a manner that my students were relaxed before we entered the water, knowing as I do,that we were now entering an unknowing and unforgiving environment.

    If I have a student that has difficulty mastering a skill, I look to myself first, and ask, is there some other way that I can explain this skill so that they might master, and more important, feel comfortable with this skill?

    As an Instructor, knowing and loving diving as I do, it is an honor and a privilege, to teach others. And most important, as an Instructor, it is my job to make sure that my students learn, and respect the environment, one that is lovely and at the same time can be very unforgiving to the one that does not understand or respect it in kind.

    So to get back to the original question, of to learn to dive or not ,and with whom.

    Ask yourself first, pursue your goal, check it out (so easy now on the internet) ask, ask, ask and find the Instructor that answers YOUR questions. Ask for a private class, ask for whatever you need to meet your comfort level, once you are underwater. it will change, (that comfort level that felt so good on land ) but you are seeking to find that comfort level underwater too. aren't you?? The Instructor for you will be the one that will show you what you want to do, and will show you what you can be.....
    melissawest likes this.
  2. rodman4085

    rodman4085 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Wisconsin
    Gotta want to do it, and know your limits......:wink:
  3. dpaustex

    dpaustex Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: lost somewhere under the sea....(and central Texas
    Great post.

    With my students, they think I'm nuts, because I tell them I am going to teach them to REALLY swim with the fishes, and it's the coolest thing in the world.

    But I think the student has to have a good relationship to the instructor. The instructor has to relate to the students, not "teach the standards", only.

    This is the way coolest sport, ever (sorry, Shaun White, but I'll take scuba over snowboarding, any day)!!!!!!
  4. Pcess

    Pcess Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: Canada
    thanks for sharing!
  5. Bonesnews

    Bonesnews Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Nova Scotia Canada
    The only advice I can give to any new diver or someone taking the course is, relax, listen to the instuctors,and have fun. And remember once you get quailfied don't take shortcuts in your dive prep or buddy checks, I lost a friend this way, he did not hook up his BC whip when he went diving (it was leaking air apparently) and it cost him his life, and he was only in 10 ft of water. I know you may say "I would never do that" but it does happen. If you follow the rules of your training and dive safe and within your limits you will have fun and many stories to tell your friends in the future.....BONESNEWS
  6. DCBC

    DCBC Banned

    You first have to ask yourself why you want to learn. If you would prefer to send someone a check, get a c-card, so you can dive and not care how much you are going to learn, the course and instructor you choose doesn't really matter.

    Some people's priority is on having fun, for others this is secondary to the learning process. If you are seriously interested in learning as much as possible, be careful in the course selection.

    Not all courses are equal. The length of the course (read number of training hours) is a good indicator of what's involved. Obviously you want to select the best instructor you can, but in some areas there may not be a lot of choice. If there is a selection to choose from, speak to previous students that may share your desire to learn. Compare the courses from the various training agencies; there are differences, look for them.

    I'd encourage any serious student to seek out a diving club. Many clubs offer cost competitive courses that are much more inclusive than those offered by a commercial business. I currently teach for free at a local club. This also provides you with a group of divers to dive with, as well as mentors who can assist you in the training process. Once certified, the best way to learn is by doing.

    Good luck in your journey; it's sure to be an exciting one!
    Last edited: Mar 19, 2010
  7. DivingDoll

    DivingDoll Guest

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Boulder County, CO
    As a brand new diver, I want to second the advice to slow down and ask questions. I had a rough first day in the pool because I was trying to keep up with the teeny-bopers that have no fear of drowning (which, I do). I must have looked worried because one of the instructors (GREAT guy) pulled me aside and walked me through some techniques for breathing (since I am a swimmer, and I struggle with mouth-breathing and not blowing out through my nose). He spent some extra time with me and it was invaluable! I just needed a few extra minutes and tips and then I was good to go! I saw don't be afraid to "look dumb" or feel slower than other people in the class because that is the only way you will get the tips that you really need!
  8. austin.takahashi

    austin.takahashi Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Philippines
    Hi. My summer is getting more boring each day so I plan to go scuba diving. Thing is, I have asthma. Can I stand the water pressure of the ocean? Anyways, GDI's post have been very helpful. Can I go scuba diving without taking any lessons? Can I just ask help from a friend who's an experienced diver?

    Have a great summer everyone!
  9. DivingDoll

    DivingDoll Guest

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Boulder County, CO
    I am pretty new myself (JUST got my Open Water Certification! Yay!) but I will jump in here and say that I don't suggest going without taking some classes. There is a lot to know about emergency situations, like being out of air, or emergency accents, that you can't really learn from a friend in a quick chat. Even if they do tell you all of the info, if you haven't practiced it in a controlled environment, you might not remember what to do when you are really in the situation.

    As far as the asthma goes, please talk to your doctor! I don't know what to advise and I wouldn't advise online anyway. There are a lot of things to consider, like medication and aggravating factors, and your doctor can take all of that in to account.

    Just my opinions. I am not a pro! :idk:
  10. 3dive

    3dive Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Cape Town, South Africa.
    Thank you for very useful information. I started diving in the mid 1990's in South Africa - and could have used this so well. Did not realise how time-consuming this hobby is. Our water is cold (Cape Town) and it is basically half a day to drive to a dive site, kit up, dive, get back and cleanup gear. A great ritual - but unfortunately one that did not stand up to the time constraints I later experienced as a parent of two kids. 3dive
    Last edited: Apr 22, 2010

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