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Preparation tips for your first scuba dive in the Maldives - An incredible guide to the essentials!

If you have obtained your Scuba certification and your scuba diving gear, then you're well on your way for your first scuba diving experience. Before you make your first jump, you need to still look into some practicalities related to your first dive. Here are the few things to know beforehand to experience a true life-changing dive.

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Location

The Maldives offers a range of diving sites, and it is up to you to look into it and choose a good location. For this consider the topography of the diving site, visibility under water, the depth, temperature of the water, condition of the water, and the marine life. There are plenty of diving resort Maldives the likes of the Kuramathi Maldives who have an experienced team of divers to help you with your first dive.

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Research

Once you've looked into these variables, you still need to do a thorough research to choose the best location. The best way to do this is to seek professional advice from experienced divers. Whichever dive sites perk your interest, they're bound to be local professionals around this area who know the site and the risks it comes with. It's always better to be accompanied by a professional dive operator on your very first dive. They are well versed with the dive site, they can guide you, and take you to areas that are suitable for beginners.

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Gear

The scuba diving gear should be chosen in accordance with water conditions. The wetsuit is bought or hired according to its thickness and the thickness depends on the water conditions. The colder the water, the thicker the suit! These laws apply to other clothing, like gloves, booties and a hoodie. Choose a suit that fits you well and provides flexibility. Swim fins are also a must and buy one with wide fins as they help to overpower water resistance and travel more smoothly.

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Another equipment to look into will be the Buoyancy compensator device (BCD)

This helps you to get a neutral buoyancy underwater, therefore, they help you to ascend and descend the waters efficiently. A weight belt should also be worn that helps in buoyancy. Diving cylinders are another important equipment, without which scuba diving is a 'no go'. Regulators, on the other hand, help let the air out in a controlled fashion. With a good mask and snorkel, you are ready for your first dive. You can choose to carry a knife or shears, to cut fishing nets or to pry rocks. After all the equipment is gathered, perform a final check. Go with a good mindset, have a positive attitude and if something goes wrong, don't panic! Your dive operator will be around to help you out.

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Entering the Water

This isn't too complicated. You have to choose from only two options. To enter the water, you can either dive from a boat, or simply walk from the beach. If the boat is your choice, then you can either jump from the boat or roll back into the water. If the beach is your choice, then before entering locate the rock formations or coral reefs in your location.