Scuba Q and A:

What’s The Best Advice For Someone Starting Open Water Diver Qualification?

Answer:

Practice, practice, practice.

Do not accept the bare minimum timescale for graduation if you are not very confident and competent to go diving unsupervised afterwards.

Most agencies mandate ‘performance driven training’ – meaning that your mastery of skills should be fluid, comfortable and consistently reliable. You shouldn’t progress at each stage until that level is reached. That is a standard that diving instructors are bound to adhere to (but, sadly, many don’t).

Don’t let dive instructors rush you through training.

You paid for training, not just to be handed a worthless card. Make sure you’re properly trained to be a safe and confident diver from day #1.

Instructors who focus only on “fun” should work in a clown circus, not be training people to dive safely and be able to survive things going wrong underwater.

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