All about scuba diving baptism! How and where to do it

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Post by Kathleen

April 10, 2024

Eager to try new experiences? Diving is one of the most thrilling recreational activities out there. And it’s much easier to master than it may initially seem. A great way to discover it is through scuba diving baptism, a first contact point with the underwater world that will challenge you beneath the surface.

If you emerge from the water with a big smile and your heart racing, then diving might be your thing. And remember, this has nothing to do with snorkeling, it’s much better! In this article, we’ll tell you all about scuba diving baptism.

What is scuba diving baptism?

Scuba diving baptism is an experience designed to introduce people who have never dived before to the underwater world in a controlled environment, usually in a pool or a protected marine area, under the supervision of a certified instructor.

The aim is for beginners to feel safe and be able to experience the sensation of breathing underwater and learn some basic diving skills, such as using the equipment (mask, regulator, buoyancy control device, air tank, etc.), communication through hand signals, and basic safety techniques.

Generally, the depth at which you dive during a baptism is limited, and the time underwater is relatively short, but enough to live an exciting experience that allows the amateur diver to test themselves and discover if diving is their thing.

Scuba diving baptism

How to do scuba diving baptism?

Here are some key points to start with a scuba diving baptism where you feel comfortable and safe at all times. To do this, it is essential that you know firsthand what you are going to do.

Contact a diving center!

First things first. Diving requires professional attention from a certified instructor to accompany you and teach you the basic principles of safety and demonstrate essential skills. Therefore, it is essential to book the scuba diving baptism course with a trustworthy and experienced school in training new divers.

At DPM Diving, we have over 10 years of experience as a certified school, so we can help you!

Preparation and prerequisites

Scuba diving baptism is an introductory course designed for anyone over 10 years old, in good health, who can participate without any prior experience beyond common sense. Although advanced skills are not required, it is advisable to have some familiarity with water, such as knowing how to swim or feeling comfortable in it.

Also, it is crucial to be mentally prepared for the experience and remain calm during the immersion. Following the diving instructor’s instructions is essential to ensure safety and enjoyment. Properly controlling your breathing helps maximize time underwater and fully enjoy the activity.

Required equipment

All necessary equipment is included in scuba diving baptism courses. This includes a wetsuit (unless water temperature conditions make it unnecessary), fins, mask, regulator, buoyancy control device, and air tank. The instructor will explain the use of each piece of equipment before the dive.

Basic safety instructions

Basic safety instructions

Before diving, you should follow these recommendations:

  • Listen to the instructor’s instructions.
  • Check the equipment: The instructor will provide you with all the necessary equipment and show you how to use it. Make sure everything is adjusted correctly and that you feel comfortable with the equipment, such as the regulator, mask, and buoyancy control device.
  • Familiarize yourself with the diving environment. The instructor will inform you about the depth, water conditions, and any specific features of the location.
  • Learn basic hand signals to communicate underwater. This includes signals to indicate “all okay,” “ascend,” “descend,” “air problem,” among others.

During the dive:

  • Maintain calm and steady breathing. Never hold your breath while diving, as this can be dangerous.
  • Do not stray from the group or the instructor. If you feel uncomfortable or have any concerns, signal to the instructor immediately.
  • Learn to use the buoyancy control device (BCD) to control your position in the water.
  • Avoid touching the bottom or damaging the environment.
  • Keep movements smooth and controlled to avoid disturbing the environment or losing balance.
  • Do not touch or disturb marine life. Observe, but do not physically interact with the living beings you encounter.

What will your scuba diving baptism experience be like?

Amazing! Thousands of people have passed through our schools over the past 10 years, and we can assure you that most of them either repeat or at least thoroughly enjoy it. Diving is an addictive practice, and with the baptism, you’ll have the opportunity to discover if you’re part of the majority fascinated by underwater treasures.

For this, it is essential to be accompanied by true diving enthusiasts who enjoy their role as ocean ambassadors. Remember that diving is a recreational practice to be enjoyed, not an obligation or routine.

Popular sites for scuba diving baptism with DPM Diving

You can dive practically anywhere in the world. In paradisiacal beaches, lakes, caves, reefs, etc. You just have to choose the destination and the company. Here are some of the most popular options, and you can also find our diving school in each of these locations.

Tenerife (Spain)

Baptism scuba diving tenerife

Undoubtedly, one of the best places in Europe to dive. The largest island in the Spanish Canary archipelago offers stunning natural environments with optimal weather and visibility conditions for most of the year.

In our diving school in Tenerife, located in the south of the island, we organize scuba diving baptisms on beaches and coves with easy access, where you can see rays, cuttlefish, turtles, or schools of fish.

Koh Tao (Thailand)

diving koh tao

This small Thai island has been unofficially dubbed the international capital of diving for decades thanks to a combination of factors such as the proliferation of schools, perfect weather conditions, an informal and cosmopolitan atmosphere, and beautiful underwater environments where you can see coral reefs and different types of species.

Koh Tao was the first DPM Diving school to open its doors, and we have accumulated thousands of satisfied customers there.

Gili Trawangan (Indonesia)

Gili trawangan

Very close to Bali, there is a group of three small islands characterized by their crystal-clear waters and rich marine life. It is one of the best destinations for recreational diving initiation. The Gili Islands do not disappoint, both for diving and for spending exceptional vacations.

Nusa Penida (Indonesia)

Manta Point Nusa Penida

Also near Bali, Nusa Penida has ceased to be a hidden gem to become an emerging destination for divers from all over the world, attracted by its varied offering of attractions where its natural richness, both above and below the water, takes center stage. On this island, you can find probably the best spot in the world to see manta rays, one of the most impressive marine species.

Phi Phi (Thailand)

diving in kho phi phi

A good example of terrestrial and underwater paradise. The Phi Phi Islands, located in the middle of the Andaman Sea, are a place that leaves a lasting impression, with its fine sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Here, you’ll see turtles, tropical fish, and even sharks. An ideal place to start with a scuba diving baptism.

Scuba diving baptism tips

We’ve mentioned it before, but we can summarize the two most important tips:

  • Choose a trustworthy and experienced diving center.
  • Inform about any medical condition.
  • Follow the instructor’s instructions.
  • Do not stray from the group or guide.
  • Stay calm and breathe steadily.
  • Don’t pressure yourself.
  • Enjoy the experience.
  • Relax and seize the moment.

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