5 common things a newbie would bring to his/her Scuba Diving classes

14 Feb
Students preparing for Try Scuba and Confined Water session in swimming pool.

Students preparing for Try Scuba and Confined Water session in swimming pool.

Since Dive Culture started its scuba-diving certification under Scuba Diving International (SDI) late last year, they have been conducting confined-water classes fortnightly in swimming pool in Shah Alam. Click here to find out more on their upcoming classes. It is always a nice feeling meeting with new and enthusiastic people who are eager to either learn to scuba dive or simply to get a feel of scuba diving. Reminded me of myself almost 10 years ago where I go diving almost every weekend after being newly certified and talk about the newly discovered fascination of the underwater world. I’d be bringing my gears with me on my business trips should there be any diving spots nearby. After having two babies, I’m still gleaming to see the compressor and tanks every morning in the room downstairs and waiting patiently for our next family scuba-diving trip. The best part is, I could still fit into my 1st wetsuit I bought and all the equipment I bought 10 years ago are still in good working condition. I’ll write a post on this topic soon. For now, these are the 5 common things I’ve observed on a newbie when he/she goes for scuba-diving classes:

Jebeh in skeleton rashguard. Photo by Ariffin Aris.

Jebeh in skeleton rashguard. Photo by Ariffin Aris.

Numero UNO : Really funky new set of swimming attire. The ladies have nice tankinis, muslimah swimming attire or rash guard while the men in rash guard and board shorts. It is really cute when you see a bunch of them actually went shopping together to get a similar brand and design to mark their new hobby adventure. Wetsuit is not necessary as Malaysia’s water is warm. You’d need one once you are certified.

Numero DOS : Camera. Something you should never come without. Those without underwater housing will be snapping away before they get into the water, while some invested or even rented in decent underwater cameras such as the Nikon Coolpix AW100, GoPro Hero3 and iGills. I love them so much as they are so light, compact (compared to Ipin’s Nexus underwater housing for his Nikon D3) and can do both; still photo and video. iGills for iPhone function as dive computer as well. You so have to check this gadget out!

This is almost like a must-have gadget for scuba-divers with iPhone :) I've tried it and loved it!

This is almost like a must-have gadget for scuba-divers with iPhone 🙂 I’ve tried it and loved it!

Numero TRES : Sunscreen. It is OK to apply it during confined-water session in swimming pool but you may want to leave it out once you start doing open-water session in the sea. I personally find that tanned skin is beautiful…natural beauty 🙂 p/s- there are some researches done and they found out that the sunscreen is harmful towards the corals. Let us all be a responsible scuba diver.

Numero CUATRO : Pills and nasal spray. Some find it necessary as they are experiencing flu, sinus or even motion sickness. It is very important to clear the breathing passage before diving in or you’ll have difficulties equalizing the ear pressure as you decent underwater. If your condition is not critical, my advise is to have enough rest and sleep prior to every dive. They will not call scuba diving as EXTREME sports for no reason. It is every scuba diver’s responsibility to take every safety steps and precaution to reduce your injury (internal AND external) risks.Try to opt for warm honey lemon tea drink and melaleuca or eucalyptus balm on nose area to clear blocked nose. You’ll find equalizing process a breeze underwater. Try it!

I like her Rash guard - simple & nice. Photo taken by Azri Hisyam using Canon G10 with underwater housing.

I like her Rash guard – simple & nice. Photo taken by Azri Hisyam using Canon G10 with underwater housing.

Numero CINCO : Sunglasses and a lot of positive attitude. It is all about having fun in the sun 🙂 When you look good, everybody is feeling happy and you’ll master all the underwater skills in a jiffy. Some of the safety steps may sound so simple but it’ll determine Life OR Death in an underwater situation. Stay calm and welcome to the underwater world!

50/50 photo of Pulau Bidong taken by Ariffin Aris.

50/50 photo of Pulau Bidong taken by Ariffin Aris.

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2 Responses to “5 common things a newbie would bring to his/her Scuba Diving classes”

  1. nur afifah July 12, 2016 at 10:30 pm #

    Wow! so beutiful i like it♡♡♡

  2. Amir Oman January 4, 2015 at 3:51 pm #

    Hai. Can I ask you about the iGills for iPhone 5? Where did you bought it? I’ve been looking for it in Malaysia. and what does it costs?

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