Open water diving course in Malta: Some Tips

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The Open water diving course in Malta is the most requested scuba diving course, thus  making scuba diving a fast-growing hobby. The most important factor for a beginner is to be calm and relaxed during their first experiences. There are also other important issues to keep in mind and I will be discussing these later on.

Whenever I’m teaching a beginner how to dive, I always keep in mind my first experience underwater. I was a bit nervous then, didn’t know exactly what to expect, how my ears are going to feel, if I manage to equalize my ears and many other thoughts. With all these things in mind I always try and make my student’s first experience a memorable one. A good and detailed explanation before the dive is a must and then the dive itself has to be a combination of fun and safety. This leads me to one important factor I’d like to mention…your first dive should be in a small group where you feel more secure and the instructor is always close to you. The first dive could have different objectives; maybe the beginning of your Open Water course, or else it could be the confined water session of the one-day course Discover Scuba Diving or else just a basic taster dive. One other common important factor during these dives is the depth. The first dive should be a shallow one, don’t think that going deeper on your first dive is going to make you anyway cooler than your friends, it might actually be very risky if you find yourself at depth in a situation you havent been trained to handle yet. It’s more important to keep in mind that if you enjoy your first dive, there is a much higher probability that you will keep on diving. Obviously a shallow reef with a variety of marine life will make this first dive even more interesting for you. I know that a beginner focuses mainly on the breathing for the first couple of minutes of the dive and if someone is nervous, I use the common trick of showing them a starfish or some small fish to distract their attention to something more pleasant.

The initial scuba diving course with certification to dive anywhere in the world is called the Open Water course in the PADI system and Open water Scuba Diver in the SDI system. Both associations have a similar structure: training in confined water, open water dives and theory. The instructor and the dive centre are a big influence on the outcome of your course, make sure you choose to do your course with someone you feel comfortable and safe with!!! You will be taught many important skills, from clearing water from your regulator, clearing water from your mask (which I find very easy to teach), handling out-of-air situations, bouyancy control, underwater signals and descent/ascent procedures.

 

And this is just the start of it all. Being underwater is such a relaxing and peaceful feeling, I completely disconnect from the outer world when I’m diving. The after-dive routine could also include lunch and a chat with your buddies about the dive, a few beers maybe for some (or for many), a nap in the sun for others or having a look at the photos one of your buddies took for you. At Bezz Diving, we’re a team of young and energetic diving instructors where our satisfaction comes from being able to share our passion with you!!! so we hope to see you soon:-))