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Maui Scuba Diving Lessons: Beginner’s Guide

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Maui scuba diving lessons are at the top of many bucket lists. Indeed, scuba diving for beginners is a popular Maui activity because the island features excellent diving conditions. Shore diving on Maui offers shallow dive sites with colorful coral reefs, tropical fish and turtles!

Excellent dive conditions make a perfect learning environment for Maui scuba diving lessons, so why not give it a go? If you are researching a trip to Maui, here is a beginner guide to what you should expect on your very first scuba dive with Banyan Tree Divers Maui.

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Beginner divers ready for their first Maui scuba dive!

Maui Scuba Diving Lessons Step-by-Step

For many, the thought of breathing underwater is exhilarating with a touch of severe anxiety. It is not natural for us to breathe underwater, and getting used to this feeling takes time. That is why we begin each scuba lesson with a chat about the basics of diving. Before we even enter the water, you have a good understanding of how water pressure affects your body, how to equalize air spaces, how the equipment works, as well as safe dive techniques. Questions are encouraged, and we do not move to the next step until each student feels comfortable with what to expect upon entering the water.

A Scuba Regulator Feels Weird at First!

The first breaths through your scuba regulator are going to feel strange; there is no doubt about it. You will immediately notice the sound.  Each exhalation can seem quite loud as you expel a considerable amount of bubbles. Beginner divers sometimes feel like they can be a bit starved for air, which is entirely reasonable! Scuba diving lessons are a time to start trusting your new regulator, and it’s okay if this takes a few minutes. That is why we first practice breathing with your regulator extensively on the surface before descending into shallow water. Indeed, by the time we are ready to begin your dive, you will feel very comfortable taking deep continuous breaths.

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Maui Scuba lessons in session

You Might Forget the Skills and Hand Signals – It is Okay!

Maui scuba diving lessons contain a lot of information. Your professional scuba instructor does not expect you to remember each detail. We practice a series of skills in shallow water before we start swimming. Your instructor will demonstrate each skill first, giving you a chance to remember hand signals while completing the lesson. If you need your instructor to repeat anything, then we have a sign for that too! Communication underwater is surprisingly comfortable, and you will get the hang of it in no time.

Weightlessness and Freedom of Movement

One of the best aspects of scuba diving is the feeling of being weightless. For me, this is my favorite part of scuba diving. Unless you are an aspiring astronaut, this is the closest you are going to get to the feeling of zero gravity! Scuba divers can move freely and easily in any direction, and we discuss how to control this feeling of neutral buoyancy beforehand. Allowing the water to move you, going with its flow, and staying calm will ultimately lead to a most relaxing scuba diving experience.

Go SLOW!

Everything in diving is slow, so your scuba diving lessons will feel comfortable. We breathe slowly, swim slowly, and, most importantly, ascend slowly. The density of water restricts movement, and if you find your self fighting to swim or moving erratically, then you need to get in control. Divers grow accustomed to the resistance of water, and this is important to extending the length of time your tank lasts. Calm and controlled is the name of the game.

Maui Scuba Diving Lessons are Worth It!

I will let you in on a secret with a personal anecdote. During my first scuba diving lessons, I was close to tears. I was terrified to have water enter my mask, and I did not like that we had to access the surface so slowly.

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Scuba Instructor Caitlin terrified on her first dive!

Twelve years and many thousands of dives later, I still ended up as a professional scuba instructor. The cost of a few moments of initial panic and stress was worth the immeasurable gift that scuba diving has brought to my life. With the ever-changing state of our oceans, we are visiting living museums. We face the real notion that coral reefs will look much different soon, or worse, completely disappear for future generations.

Maui scuba diving lessons will positively change your life. So, if you have always wanted to try scuba diving, then now is the time! Book your intro to scuba diving with Banyan Tree Divers Maui.

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