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Arnel0387
07/19/2014, 04:09 PM
Hey Folks,

I'm going scuba diving for the first time in the Bahamas and I'm a bit nervous!

Any tips are greatly appreciated!

Oh and I just bought a Nikon Coolpix AW120 to capture my dive :)


Thank you

snorvich
07/19/2014, 04:22 PM
Are you certified?

Arnel0387
07/19/2014, 04:26 PM
Not certified.. But I'll be taking a "discover scuba" with pool session first. And the actual dive is only 40ft

r-balljunkie
07/19/2014, 04:29 PM
have you taken your open water classes already?

I suggest, especially if you are newish to stick to your training and utilize the buddy system to its fullest extent. Do not dive outside of your comfort limits, even if everyone else on the boat or excursion is up for it. if it doesn't feel right, don't do the dive. Like with anything, it takes time to build up the skill-set needed to be a good diver.

regarding the camera. the all-in-ones are a bit prone to flooding. i would get the pics off after every excursion. a funny thing about UW cameras..they tend to flood early on in the dive, not necessarily deeper.

lastly, relax, have fun and enjoy the scenery and the experience of being underwater. it adds a whole new perspective to the hobby...both ways.

GL

C

Greg 45
07/19/2014, 05:38 PM
If you see a fish with a big fin on it's back don't scream (SHARK) swim as fast as you can !!!!!!!!!!!!!

SVTour
07/20/2014, 09:15 AM
Best advice - don't drown, it will spoil your day.

Don't drink the night before (learned that the hard way - twice). And just keep calm...hardest part if the first 5 feet, after that, piece of cake.

I'm going on some dives next week in St Thomas - hoping to take my kids with me. Enjoy your time.

bwest
07/21/2014, 04:48 AM
It wouldn't be a bad idea to limit your usage of the camera underwater for your dives, and possibly even leave it on the boat or shore for first one or two dives in the ocean. Reason being, as a brand new diver everything is going to be new (procedures for descending and ascending, buoyancy control, etc) and you'll have to think about it all until it comes natural, like anything. During this time you don't want have too much overload, and having an extra hand free instead of a camera in it makes things way easier, mentally and physically.

Also, depending on the dive shop, they may not even allow for a brand new diver to carry a camera. I can remember only being allowed to do so on my 4th dive of my open water certification. You may be able to ask an instructor or divemaster to carry it and take some photos for you though.

With all that said. Pay attention to your instructors, and the number 1 rule is to never hold your breath...always keep breathing and your airway open.

Saltliquid
07/27/2014, 05:50 AM
Mate your weight belt is your life saver, beat this into your head, if in doubt weight belt off, say it and feel it over and over again!!! So many die due to not dropping that belt and of course if they do pass away from a heart attack, like we had one here in SEQ two weeks back, if the weight belt was off the guy he can be found and maybe revived or at least the body is found quickly.
If you rise unconscious, you will usually expel air due to relaxed muscles, so its all good.
We have lost three divers here in the last 4 years because that was not drummed into them to get rid of it as quickly as you can, if the situation may demand it.
One 24 year old young woman died I ten feet of water in front of many other divers, totally due to this about 3 years back.

snorvich
07/28/2014, 07:23 AM
We teach new to diving to avoid task loading which in your case would suggest leaving the camera on the boat. You will have enough on your plate simply achieving proper buoyancy which takes a bit of practice.

Balletomane
07/28/2014, 09:00 AM
We teach new to diving to avoid task loading which in your case would suggest leaving the camera on the boat. You will have enough on your plate simply achieving proper buoyancy which takes a bit of practice.

+10,000 this. My last dive of a one week excursion to Cozumel was cut WAY short by trying to take photos. It was a shallow dive but I burned up so bloody much air trying to suspend and take pix. Totally ruined a dive.

Chances are very good that someone else on your trip will have a camera and will post them on a public sight.

Deinonych
07/28/2014, 10:52 AM
We teach new to diving to avoid task loading which in your case would suggest leaving the camera on the boat. You will have enough on your plate simply achieving proper buoyancy which takes a bit of practice.

+1

Focus on your diving skills and leave the photography for a later date once you get some dives under your belt. I didn't start shooting underwater until I had more than 20 dives logged. If you can get OW certified prior to your vacation, it will help immensely. The "Discover Scuba" classes are very limited.