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Diving 101: Safety Guideline for Beginners

As a diving instructor living in Indonesia, one of the best diving spots in the entire world, I meet lots of people who would love to go on a dive but are nervous about the health and safety aspects. I meet even more people, unfortunately, who are so keen to start diving that they completely ignore the health and safety aspects, potentially putting themselves in danger.

My job isn’t just to take people on the trip of a lifetime – it’s also to imbue them with a healthy respect for the ocean and everything that lives within it. Here’s my advice, one that I dispense daily in the course of my work, written down to help out beginners to the wonderful world of diving.

Find a quiet spot to dive

If you’re a beginner diver, you don’t want to be overwhelmed with crowds the first times you dive. Those same crowds might also scare off the marine life, therefore cancelling out the very thing you came for.

My favourite diving spots of all time are Padang Bay which has amazing dive sites, and Nusa Dua which is great for those who love isolation. Moreover, those amazing locations are just scratching the surface of all Bali has to offer – but you really should do some research before you book your diving trip.

Nusa DuaConsider your own health

To be a diver, you really have to be quite physically fit. Cardiac-related deaths make up at least a quarter of all diving deaths, so please don’t become a part of the statistic.

Undergo a physical examination before taking up diving as a serious hobby, and absolutely ask your doctor if there’s anything at all in your health records that could make diving an overly dangerous experience for you. Even if you’re given an absolute all-clear and told you’re healthy, you still have to listen to your body at all times and never get complacent in your health. If you have a cold or the flu or are even just tired from partying, don’t dive. And don’t dive if you’ve been drinking. Just don’t risk it.

However, bear in mind that it’s not impossible to scuba dive if you’re disabled. There are many centers and resources for disabled people who want to try diving.

Plan ahead and stick with your buddy

Before you go diving, you should have planned out every last detail, including how deep you’ll go and how much air you’ll have in your tank when you ascend. If there’s anything you’re unsure about, ask your diving instructor. Never be afraid to ask us questions in fact – it’s what we’re here for.

diving instructor You should have a diving buddy who goes under with you (It’s best if this is someone you already know, but it doesn’t have to be). You should pre-arrange hand signals with them beforehand, as obviously you won’t be able to converse underwater. Keep your diving buddy in sight at all times; don’t swim off the second you spot something interesting. If you do lose them, slowly ascend to the surface to regroup.

Go slowly and relax

It can be scary diving for the first time, but you simply have to relax your body and, if needs be, remind yourself that diving accidents are incredibly rare. If for any reason you start to panic, alert your buddy and your dive instructor and slowly start ascending. That ‘slowly’ is very important when it comes to diving – ascend too quickly and the nitrogen bubbles forming in your blood will make you sick with decompression illness or ‘the bends’. That’s one thing you absolutely, definitely do not want.

Ascend at 30 feet per minute max, and you should be fine. Then, take some time to rest before diving again.

diving is funDiving is fun, the best kind of fun in the world in my opinion, but it’s not a sport for the careless or arrogant. Always follow your instructor’s advice – it’ll save you ruining your holiday with a spell in hospital instead of underwater.

6 Money Saving Tips When Traveling

Money is one of the most important things to consider when you are going on a vacation. Traveling is not that expensive when you go on the right way. You can kick your expenses for those unnecessary things by doing a good research and proper budgeting.

Check out these six tips on how you can save lot of your hard earned money while traveling without sacrificing any of the fun.

1. Airfares

There are lot of ways to get a cheap plane ticket when you are going to travel by air. First thing that you can do is to visit airline websites and look for their deals. You can also search for a travel-friendly airlines that offer cheap flights even without their promo. If you want to save money on flights, you should travel during a destination’s low season. Try to book early, let’s say three months in advance or even more. Another thing is to book a flight in a middle of the week. Why? Because most people prefer to travel during weekend and it is airline’s opportunity to charge for a higher price for plane tickets.

image1It is not only about the airfare, you also need to remember that airlines are starting to charge for everything now, so better pack your things light. Do not avail check in luggage, just bring important things that you need during your vacation.

2. Meals

If you are going to visit places, it is a must to try their local cuisines. It will not only let you learn about their history and culture but will also let you save money. Eating delicious but cheap authentic food is one of the greatest things that a traveler can experience.

But of course, you cannot just eat local food all throughout your vacation. You can also eat to their known restaurants but make sure that you make a meal plan or you figured out where are these economical restaurants that offer great tasting food. You can also do your own grocery and cook for yourself to save even more money.

3. Transportation

Always welcome public transportation! It will not only help you save money while traveling but it will also teach you to learn on following directions and reading maps. Explore the place by riding a bus or subway. It may not be convenient for you but it will help you know and be familiar with the place and you can also meet new friends along the way. Avoid taxis as much as possible because aside from it is too expensive, it is also the laziest way to get to your destination.

4. Accommodations

Always look for inexpensive accommodations for travelers like hostels. Keep in mind that you are just going to sleep and rest on that place, there is no need to spend a lot of money on lodging. It is a significant money saver! You may have to share community bathroom and other common areas with others, but look at the benefit of meeting and talking to other travelers. Also remember to stay in a hostel that is just near to the airport or your destination.

5. Sightseeing

Plan before you go! To avoid wasting money on not interesting places to go to, you should make a list on what really are the places that you are going to visit. Make a clear and informative itinerary for your vacation. You can also create a budget for every destination that you wanted to visit. Do a research about these places, to let you know and prepare yourself on what to expect on that destination and how much money needed to enjoy that place. Always remember that not all tourist spots are interesting, so make sure to only explore on places where your interest is.

If you are going to visit a place, remember to do a research about their festivals, free museums and parks. You can take good pictures without spending money on events and places like these.

6. Shopping

Shop like the locals! Avoid tourist filled areas which are usually expensive. Look for the best prices on souvenir items like local goods. Do not be afraid to haggle with the merchants to get the lowest price for items that you wanted. 

Naomi Witter is a full-time college student and a part-time writer for bestessays.com. Aside from writing, she also loves mountain climbing and traveling alone during her semester break. Naomi is dreaming to explore Europe someday.