5 Tips for New Scuba Divers

Tip#1:

When you get new goggles, burn off the silicone on the inside of the lenses with a lighter. Then give the inside of the goggles a good scrub down with toothpaste and some baking soda.  It really helps to defog them.

Tip#2:

Don’t take your regulator out of your mouth when underwater.  If you need to cough, spit, burp, vomit, etc. you can do everything INTO the regulator.

Tip#3:

Refrain from foods before you dive that will give you gas or make you burp. It will make for a more pleasant dive and easier breathing! And this really should be a tip of its own, but don’t forget to stay well hydrated between dives.

Tip#4:

Did you know there is such a thing as warm-water (silent) hypothermia?  Make sure you are well protected even in warm tropical waters by wearing a 3mm wetsuit or shorty.

Tip#5:

There are two types of divers: ones that pee in their suits and ones that lie about it.  If you have to go, you have to go.  Don’t be shy about weeing in your wetsuit.  I conveniently left out the fact that I had about 12 pees (rather potent vitamin laden ones) during my open water dive training.

Bonus Tip:

If you do end up ‘wetting’ your suit, regardless if it’s a rental or not, be sure to give it a good soak in antibacterial liquid wash or fear the wrath of disgusting residual urine stench!

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