Your first open water dive… The best experience ever! My first dive experience was a few weeks ago. I did a DSD with my instructor Barbara .The first time underwater, it leaves you speechless. I was a little nervous in the beginning because I didn’t know what to expect but after a few minutes underwater I forgot of all my fears and just loved it. I discovered a whole new world: the many schools of colorful fish above you, the super elegant eagle ray swimming next to me and in the end we saw a real shark! It was a lifetime experience! I’ll never forget my first breaths underwater.
DSD means Discover Scuba Diving. It is just a one day dive experience and it is a good option if you want to discover diving but you are not sure if you want to do a complete course. (but I know for sure after a DSD you really will want to become a diver!) You learn a little of the basic things of Scuba Diving. You’ll start your dive experience with reading a small book about diving, the ocean and the skills. After the knowledge review you’ll go to the pool and learn some basic skills. After the pool session you are ready for the big ocean! Your instructor will help with everything so don’t worry and just enjoy your first dive experience.
After the DSD I knew it for sure: I want to be a diver! It all starts with the PADI Open Water Course. The first step is the knowledge development. You can’t start diving without the necessary knowledge. In the knowledge part you will learn everything from what gear you will need, to how diving will affect your body, how to clear your ears and more skills you will need to use in the water. You’ll finish the knowledge part with an exam. If you pass the exam, you can move on to part 2: the pool sessions.
The second part involves Confined Water Dives. Here you will put your knowledge into practice. You’ll practice all the necessary skills in the swimming pool such as clearing your mask, how to have a good buoyancy and to use your snorkel and regulator. Your instructor will give demonstrations and he’ll help you to learn all the skills. It is time for the next step when you are comfortable with all the skills.
The last and most excited part: The Open Water Dives! It is finally time for the big ocean. With an instructor there, you will learn to gain confidence and dive with ease. In the first two dives you’ll go to a depth of twelve meters. On a sandy part you’ll demonstrate the skills which you have learned in the pool. You’ll swim with you instructor to practice your buoyancy.
It’s not only practice but also a lot of fun! In my first open water dive I saw so many cool marine life. We saw eagle rays, snake eels, moray eels and a lot of schools of beautiful colorful fish. It was so impressing to see!
In the third and fourth dives you’ll go to a depth of eighteen meters. This is the maximum depth for an Open Water Diver. In the first dive you’ll ascend with a reference line. In the second dive you’ll do a free ascend line with a reference line but without touching it. In dive three and four you’ll ascend without a reference line. In dive three you have to do some surface skills such as what to do when your buddy has cramp. Dive four is more a fun dive and you can just enjoy your dive.
I finished my fourth dive this week so I’m officially a diver now! It feels so good to finish my Open Water Course. Up to the next step: Advanced Open Water Course!