What are my options if I have not scuba dived for a while?
Here are some options if you have not scuba dived for a while.
Let Aussie Divers Phuket make you return to scuba diving a safe and enjoyable one
So you haven’t dived for a while and decide to get back in to scuba diving. What are the options available to you? Do you need to do the full course all over again or can we simply just jump straight back in?
If you have been out of the water for at least six months or more then we would strongly recommend doing some sort of refresher. Do this before going out into the open water. There are a number of reasons for this but mostly it is down to your safety, comfort and enjoyment on one of our diving day trips.
Scuba diving is one of those unique activities that safety issues arise not so much from a divers lack of ability or knowledge but what is going on inside their head. Given the nature of scuba diving, it has an underlying possibility of fatal consequences if something was to go wrong. Your brain is always aware of this. The concern is that is an infrequent diver or one who has not dived in a long time will not react the same as someone that is regularly diving.
Small problems can create stressors. These stressors are magnified when you are under the water and possibly magnified further the deeper you are. When divers start to get concerned or worried they tend to breath heavier. Often this starts a reaction that makes the diver air starved. This places great stress on the diver and in most cases leads to panic. A panicked diver is not only a danger to them selves but also to their buddy, the divemaster or instructor.
The triggers for panic can often be small and as simple as incorrect fitting equipment or water in their mask. Unfamiliar environment, poor visibility, strong currents and deep water are other common triggers. These triggers can lead to a full blown panic and in rare cases, with disastrous consequences.
For this reason we recommend one of the following activities for those that have not been scuba diving for a while to assist them in having a pleasurable, enjoyable and most importantly safe scuba diving experience.
It is always a good idea to get familiar with new equipment before entering the world’s seas or oceans. Over time people also change both physically and mentally so it is also a great idea to see how you feel when you get back in the water. Although diving is a safe exercise, as previously mentioned it can also be a potentially fatal activity.
Often dive shops in your local area will provide a refresher dive. This does not necessarily need to be in the sea and can be done in the local swimming pool. This can be done prior to coming to Phuket. This is particularly useful for those that have been inactive for a couple of years or less. At Aussie Divers Phuket we offer a free basic pool session to those that will be diving with us who just need a little confidence booster. The instructor can give you a brief run down of the equipment and a few basic skills.
This is a free opportunity and can also be used for you friends or family that are interested in scuba diving. They can try before they sign up for the Padi Discover Scuba diving program or the PADI Open water certification. This takes around an hour of their time. Should your friends like the free pool session then we can take them out for the Padi Discover Scuba Diving course to the beautiful islands of Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi.
As always if you have been out you should always take on your return to the water in waters and dive sites that are suitable. As a rule, Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi are the two best dive islands to get you back into diving safely. The have nice sandy bottoms, clean waters and generally void of strong currents. No the Similan Islands are not suitable (depth and currents), nor is King Cruiser Wreck, Shark Point or Koh Doc Mai (depth, currents and poor visibility).
If you have been away from diving for a few years or more. The very good course is the PADI Reactivate program. This option allows you to go through the basic scuba diving concepts in a stunning presentation that can be used on your tablet, Laptop or Smart phone before going diving with one of our own Padi Instructors. Depending on what you need then PADI Reactivate can be tailored to your individual needs.
The Padi Reactivate program uses a series of videos to demonstrate skills you may very well have forgotten to help refresh you before our qualified Padi instructor helps you in the confined water. The Reactivate program also covers diving various diving scenarios to see how you would deal with them. Once you have finished the PADI Reactivate program you will also be issued with a new certification card showing the date which you reactivated you’re diving.
Half Day Refresher
Another option is to go through a half day scuba refresher course in a local swimming pool. Here one of our professional instructors will go over a quick knowledge review before helping you with the basic skills you learnt during the Padi Open Water Course then the following day we take you to a couple of great local dive sites at Koh Racha Yai and Koh Racha Noi. These islands are to the south of Phuket and take around 2 hours to get too. These locations are perfect for someone to get back into the water after being inactive for a while. We offer a three dive day which gives you a chance for some easy diving and a chance to see a wonderful selection of our local marine life.
Resit PADI Open Water Course
The final option we offer is that you sit through a PADI Open Water course skill activities again. This is a good idea for those that have not dived for ten year plus. Often there is not a lot of need to go back through theory. You will be guided by one of our fantastic instructors who will be sure to get you motivated to dive again.
Whichever option you choose to either get back in the water or to simply try diving for the very first time Aussie Divers Phuket will provide you with the highest quality of Instructor in Phuket to make sure you have a thoroughly enjoyable day during your time here in Phuket, Thailand.
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