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5 Common Mistakes Every Scuba Diver does which should be avoided - Five Frequent Mistakes Scuba Divers Must Overcome

Regardless of the level of experience, there are common mistakes all scuba divers make. Here are 5 of the most costly errors divers make and why they should be avoided for a better diving experience.


Not Asking Enough Questions

Whether one is a novice diver enjoying the first diving expedition in open waters or a seasoned scuba expert who is venturing into depths or waters he or she is unfamiliar with, asking questions is a practice that can save lives. Refraining from asking questions when doubts and aspects of the dive are unclear or need more explanation is a grave mistake and one that could cost the lives of the participants or the one's self on occasion. The ocean changes rapidly with each passing minute and its conditions are not only determined by weather patterns and the landscape of the seabed but the destination as well as the speed of the tides and the marine life occupying the region. No one can accurately predict what may happen during a dive so speaking up regarding concerns and guidelines is crucial.


Postponing Certification

Unless one is a professional diver or a marine biologist conducting research, the chances each tourist is allowed to enjoy diving beneath the waves are limited. This means most tourists who pick up the sport during a holiday in an exotic beach paradise will soon forget these newly acquired skills if practice and constant engagement are not part of their lives in a day to day context. PADI certification courses, in contrast, offer divers a comprehensive training on diving out in open water, combining both practical lessons as well as theoretical knowledge. Most divers will forgo securing a certification due to financial reasons or because they may not see the use of a PADI certificate but in reality, the course work, as well as the recognition, is globally recognized.



Diving is an activity that requires a great level of skill as well as concentration as one must maintain buoyancy, take note of the physical hazards present in the environment and monitor air consumption simultaneously. This is taxing enough for the average diver without strapping on a Go-Pro or engaging in underwater photography. Make sure you are comfortable with the common practices of managing air and staying buoyant before signing up for diving excursions which involve photography or any other extracurricular activities as it could backfire and ruin a perfectly good diving tour.



Experienced divers will swim, dive and move at a pace that is faster and more efficient when compared to a novice diver and it is important to keep that in mind when comparing yourself to seasoned experts. Never attempt to rush the learning curve by trying to emulate those above your own diving standards. Those learning to dive at Berjaya Beau Vallon Bay Resort & Casino or any other water sports centre at a resort in Seychelles will hear their instructors insist on going slow at the beginning.


Relying on Rental Gear

Rental gear can only get you so far in experiencing an ideal underwater journey during a diving excursion. Investing in quality fins, wet suits and scuba gear will make for a more satisfying experience as every item is tailor-made for your body and specific needs.