Tom Forlander has always been interested in diving and other water sports activities. Living in the state of Florida has given him the opportunity to pursue his dreams, of which scuba diving is one of them. With over two-thirds of the planet underwater, there are an untold number of animals and plants that live underwater, and most people will never get to see these amazing creatures in their natural habitat. Tom Forlander has been diving since he was a teenager and has several hours of scuba diving experience under his belt. Here are some tips you can use if you are a beginner diver.
Before you head out on a diving trip, you will need to try the apparatus out. Self-contained underwater breathing apparatus or Scuba for short is what you will be using to breathe underwater. Before you go and buy expensive scuba equipment, you might want to go for a test drive to see if you actually like the sport. There are several resort scuba classes where you can try out the sport by wearing the equipment and getting under water. If you are comfortable with it and want to take your scuba diving desire to the next level, you can sign up for an ocean dive with an experienced instructor. You will only be able to dive to a maximum depth of 33 feet, but that is sufficient enough to see some amazing underwater living beings.
Are You Healthy?
If you are suffering from any breathing problem, or if you have a sinus infection, you might want to postpone your diving trip. If you have sinus problems, you will have trouble diving as it will place considerable pressure on your ears when you dive and will cause you discomfort. Obviously, you need to know how to swim if you are going diving. If you tend to get seasick on a boat, you might want to take the sea sickness pills at least 12 hours before you get on the boat to go diving.
Diving is an exciting sport, but since you will be wearing diving equipment strapped to your body, you might want to relax. If you are diving with an experienced diver, you might want to let him lead you and don’t allow yourself to get over-excited. Getting excited will only increase your breathing, and you will end up using your oxygen supply more quickly. You will need to relax and trust your diving instructor.
Tom Forlander recommends relaxing and breathing slowly, and not holding your breath. Fill your lungs with oxygen and then breath out slowly.