Scuba diving: Why not get certified?

Despite the fact that the Cayman Islands boast some of the best diving in the world, many residents do not scuba dive. Some shy away from it for medical reasons or simply aren’t interested, but many are either nervous about learning or just can’t seem to find the time to get certified.

This is the perfect place to learn. Why? Well for starters, there are a number of excellent dive operations on Grand Cayman, Little Cayman and Cayman Brac with qualified dive instructors experienced in calming nervous Nellies.

Secondly, the dive sites are varied, including a number of shallow ones like Eden Rock, and nice and close to the shore. You may not know this, but the Great Barrier Reef in Australia is a good distance from land, requiring a fair bit of time on a boat just getting to it. Here the dive sites are very easily accessible, with even a few shore dives in certain districts.

If you’re a first time diver, or considering getting your certification, try following some of these tips:

Be familiar with the equipment
While a scuba diving class will familiarise you with all of the necessary gear, it’s important that you take the time to ensure that you really do know the equipment inside and out.

Breathing techniques are something that will be taught in your scuba diving course, but you may still be tempted to hold your breath when scuba diving. Holding your breath can make you extremely uncomfortable, stir up feelings of panic, and worst of all, can ruin your dive!

Be a competent swimmer
While you don’t have to be a competitive swimmer in order to scuba dive, you should at least be a competent swimmer.

Never Dive Alone
Always be sure that you dive with a buddy.

These days you can get your open water certification in just a few days, and most local shops offer resident discounts. If you’re living here and not diving, you could be really missing out on a spectacular experience.