Admittedly, I had been very hesitant to try diving, let alone do snorkeling due to being hydrophobic. I had been subjected to various types of bullying from my cousins, all of which are swimmers. I had been pushed, kicked and dragged to a deep pool or to the sea every time they see me. That happened every time during summer breaks. My family had been a lover of the seas, and also of the outdoors, and no doubt I inherited this too. I had been always into the outdoors, taking each opportunity whenever I can so that I can savor the moment unplugged. Though it was traumatic for me, I made the move to level up the game and took time to learn swimming and snorkeling.
Last July 11 and 18, I attended the Pundok Habagat Snorkeling and Discovery Scuba Diving Events. Both events are handled by Habagat Outdoor Equipment and Cebu Adventyurista Concepts. These two groups worked closely to provide quality and efficient event handling.
So here are my Top 5 Things or more to know before doing and during a Discovery Scuba Dive.
5. Self Assessment. Ask yourself, What are your reasons for diving? What do you want to discovery underneath? As for myself, I already knew way ahead that I wanted to take it a level higher after learning how to Snorkel. And I did my best to swim with fins on 🙂
4. Do Self Prep before diving. It helps to swim and snorkel around before going into diving. It helps you gain confidence while in the water. I slowly gained mine when my mentors were able to convince me that the water is fun and exciting.
3. Breathe. It will be the only way to make you buoyant 🙂
2. Respect Wildlife, Marine Life and other Life Forms while underwater. Never ever take out corals, shells and fishes [as if you can hold them] while diving. It will not only be harmful to them, but it will be a violation of the 7 Leave No Trace Principles.
1. Check out your equipment. This will include inventory, cleaning, fitting of BCD, checking of working/broken regulators, calibrating your dive tanks, ensuring no oxygen leaks. Never ever take out the regulator out of your mouth once underwater. That is your only lifeline.
And also, do not forget these things while at a dive resort/ dive spot: **Disclaimer: This is purely experiential in nature and I personally am doing this during outdoor activities.**
a. CLAYGO. That simply means Clean As You Go. Improper disposal of trash does not only look bad, it is really harmful to the environment. Pack out your trash and carry it with you in the absence of a trash can.
b. When at the beach, fight the urge to bring back SAND with you. IF possible and applicable, use sand repellent blankets and dust off remaining sand on your clothing.
c. Use a sunblock that is organic and reef friendly [like Human Nature]. It is very difficult to find organic and reef friendly products so I was glad that something like this was invented. 🙂 Or better yet, enjoy the warmth of the sun and ditch the sunblock. Use moisturizers instead. 🙂
d. Take nothing but pictures, leave nothing but memories 🙂
e. Acknowledge your mentors. 🙂 If not for them, you would not have a chance to experience this.
Check out our snaps during the underwater weekend: [both Snorkeling and DSD :)]