It’s totally normal to feel nervous, we weren’t built to breathe underwater, which is why we invented scuba! Your scuba regulator is designed to give you ALL the air you need underwater, and your gauge will show how much air is left. With practice you’ll find yourself knowing how to stay calm and breathe normally, taking long slow breaths. It is when you’re nervous that you start breathing heavily and might feel out of breath. In that case make sure to signal your instructor and take a minute to slow down.
Fear of marine life
If you are worried about the marine life you will encounter. Once you are underwater, you’ll notice that fish and marine life are the ones to keep their distance! They are more afraid of you than you are of them. Take up the fish identity speciality course to learn more about the marine life- you will find that most of them are not aggressive. Also, you will find that sharks are not as scary as portrayed in the movies.
Overwhelmed by the gear and training
With proper training guidance, you will learn to have confidence in your equipment and in yourself to manage situations underwater. A regular gear servicing will also help your scuba gear to perform at its optimum. And if you need scuba training at your own pace, an instructor you can rely on plays a major role- check us out for available scuba diving courses!
You may have seen pictures on the internet showing the dark and bottomless underwater. During your scuba diving course, share with your instructor your fears. There are many ways to overcome your fear; you can start by diving at areas where you can reach the sea bottom, or avoid dive sites that has big underwater structures that blocks your view. The important thing is that these are all done at your own pace.
New divers often feel claustrophobic underwater. This might be the reason people back out of scuba diving even before they got started. This fear might also come from wearing a scuba mask and not being able to breathe through your nose. If this is the case for you, try pinching your nose and practice breathing from your mouth before hitting the water.