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What to Expect on Your First Scuba Dive

By December 23, 2012

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Chest-deep in Florida's calm, turquoise waters, buoyancy compensator inflated, regulator in hand, I began to wonder if learning to dive was such a great idea. When I signed up for the open water course, scuba diving seemed like a great adventure, but now I was being asked to put my face in the water and inhale. I found this counterintuitive. To be honest, I enrolled in a scuba course as a lark, and I had absolutely no idea what to expect. If had, I would have perhaps been less nervous. Here is some information that I would have liked to know before getting in the water for the first time. Read more

Essential concepts for new divers:

Ear Equalization Basics
Pressure, Depth and Diving
Nitrogen Absorption

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