PADI Essentials for diving in the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands have long been known as one of the best places in the world for divers. And rightly so as the island has visually stunning corals spread across the marine life, that can make for a stunning visual treat.
In fact, the Kittiwake wreck diving in Grand Cayman is one of the star attractions, amongst the many spots spread across the island.
As a novice, if you are planning on enrolling yourself for your first dive or for one of the PADI dive courses in Grand Cayman then, having a knowledgeable diving instructor is of utmost importance, because ‘A good instructor can make all the difference’. With the ditto notion and to ensure you have an amazing Grand Cayman scuba diving experience, we have some of the best instructors at Indigo Divers. They will make sure that you get all the time you need to adjust to the new information and help you work through it with ease.
You should also keep in mind the following essentials:
Diving is not an Extreme Sport
It is a classic misinterpretation that diving is an extreme sport that requires a lot of physical effort. On the contrary, it is a relaxed activity. Unlike air, water is much denser so you end up moving slower. One can even deem it to be similar to a yoga class.
Get in Shape
As opposed to the general perception that knowing how to swim is not mandatory for dive, swimming is one of the major essentials for, you should be able to swim 200 metres with any stroke and also be able to float for at least 10 minutes. Being in a relatively good physical shape is a cherry on the cake.
Open your Eyes
It is highly advisable for you to be able to open your eyes in the water. While the mask protects the same but, a lot of people psych themselves out about the same. Let us tell you that it does not sting at all, and as opposed to what you might think, you can still see surprisingly well.
Breathing Rhythm and Control
The best tip for a beginner diver to understand is to simply breathe normally. There is no need to hold your breath or hyperventilate, all you have to do is breathe how you would on land – normally. Nervousness gets to just about everyone before their first dives, and a controlled normal breath will not just help in calming down but, also controls your buoyancy. Breathing in and out of the regulator will feel a bit different to start with but, you get used to it quite quickly.
One generally equalizes his or her ears on a plane to match the pressure inside ears with the outside environment; it is the same reason why one has to equalize his or her ears prior to the boat dives in Grand Cayman. To equalize your ears, all you have to do is pinch your nose and gently start blowing. It is also advised to chew gum before you dive to ensure the same but, not during the dive.
Well, it goes without saying that you need proper gear for a dive but, as a novice, there is no rush to buy it all immediately. Your package includes the provision of a full suit but, we do recommend purchasing your own diving mask; mainly because every face shape structure is different, and it is of utmost importance that you are comfortable during the dive.
In fact, you can use the same diving mask for snorkeling as well.
If you are going for a dive then, keeping your essentials dry on the boat is of utmost importance; and this calls for the use of a waterproof bag, which not only serves the purpose but, is also easy to carry.
Emergency Contact Info
Ensure that you have multiple copies of your emergency contact details that include the name, relationship, email address and phone number. You should also mention any pre-existing medical conditions, allergies and medications that you may be one, as well as your insurance information. The same should be shared with us, your hotel along with copies of the same on you.
Whether you want to learn to dive in Cayman or practice your skills in the deep or simply head over to relax your collars, the islands surely make the perfect cocktail of reef, wrecks and rum.