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Diving fears

Do you have any? Have you had any that you got over or that were unfounded?
12 years ago, March 13th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #153132  
Sometimes, when people are talking about diving as they do frequently on this site, I start wondering if I would like it and what it would be like.

Along with wondering what it would be like to see the stuff in the diving photos for myself, some fears come up. Has this happened to you? Do you still have fears as an experienced diver?

My fears:
*Sea creatures that sting, bite, chase... Or sea plants that wind themselves around you so you cant get away from them.
*Health issues that one hears about, concerning diving.
*Tempermental diving instructors that have been doing the job too long and are impatient with people. I read about ones who abandoned the people they were supposed to looking after on some island without any supplies, for a whole night.
* My latest fear is wondering if the water above gets heavy as one goes down further and makes one feel weird. Reply to this

12 years ago, April 17th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #154847  
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Thinking long and hard about this one. I dont seem to have any fears underwater which im not that sure is a good or a bad thing. Underwater is my peace zone, even during earthquakes and mild tsunamis 😉

When I first started diving the fear of running out of air was a bit of a concern. I did have an interesting moment in PNG when diving with one of the Papuans and we came up and couldnt see any boat anywhere...Stix replied Spirit World when I asked him what was through the channel. I also got a little bit washed over fire coral and out into the Bangka strait earlier this year while underwater during another quake and mini tsunami so..........heres my fear......

Getting hit in the head by a cargo ship when I surface LOL. Thats about it. Reply to this

11 years ago, June 6th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #157285  

Hello Mel,

Like Cindy I'm am happiest and calm under the water. It is quiet, peaceful and lovely things abound.

I have a healthy respect for the potential dangers of diving and therefore have always followed the rules of diving. Simple things like check your equipment before diving, always dive with a buddy and stay relatively close to them. Hint: a buddy can't help you in an emergency if they are off exploring a different part of the ocean. Follow the rules of descending and ascending from the sea.

To address each of your fears:

Sea creatures that sting, bite and chase--- Most divers wear a dive skin to assist in protecting their skin from those issues. It helps keep you warm but a thin skin is also a safety barrier.
When learning to dive they teach you how to control your buoyancy so you stay off the plants and corals. This will prevent you from getting scratched. In a couple of hundred dives I have not encountered anything chasing me.

Health concerns-- everyone hears about the bends. It is real and can cause major health issues. If you follow the rules of diving it is extremely rare to experience theses issues. All divers can tell you a horror story about some dude...who did something stupid and got the bends or nitrogen narcosis. Generally following the rules will keep you very safe.

Tempermental dive instructors-- I've really not encountered all that many of these. Most are exceedingly happy, competent and want to make certain you have fun and are safe. If you get a crazy one (unlikley) do go diving with him.

The water does exert a different pressure on your body as you go deeper in the water but you cannot tell or feel it. You will always feel light and free flowing.

When you take a dive class your beginning instruction will be in a swimming pool. You will have time to become accustomed to the surroundings. If you freak out you can stand up. It is a very safe environment in which to learn.
Since you have a few fears to over come selecting a good location for your first open water dive will be important. I did my first dive in the Bahamas. The water was warm, it was a beautiful sunny day, the water was crystal clear. I could see for 100+ feet. I felt comfortable and safe because I could see everything around me.
I know many people who have done their first real dive in a quarry or lake with poor visibility. I don't recommend that. You want to have a pleasant memory and become comfortable with your surroundings.

Mel, hopefully you will decide to become a diver.

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11 years ago, August 28th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #160414  
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Everything Merry said..so many people have a bad experience if their first dive is in something like a murky quarry - when I changed from free diving and surface support diving while working at Ningaloo (whales hate bubbles) I encountered the idiot dive instructor....my advice is take time to have a chat with any dive instructor and see if you feel a comfortable connection with them..if not pick somewhere else. Reply to this

11 years ago, May 16th 2013 No: 5 Msg: #170710  
Honestly, i never went diving before. I'm scared of diving because the possibility of me never coming back up to the surface is nerve racking. What if i ran out of oxygen? or if i was stuck on something and couldn't break free? On the other hand, i would love to see the coral reefs in all its natural glory. I guess i wouldn't know until i try it one day. Reply to this

11 years ago, May 16th 2013 No: 6 Msg: #170727  
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Jodie you will learn to dive with an instructor (or else you cannot get air tanks filled - the days of Do It Yourself diving are long gone) and your instructor will go through each of your fears and explain the procedures for managing your air supply and how not to get stuck - its highly unlikely that you will ever get ''stuck'' somewhere unless you are doing a wreck penetration dive which you should not do until you are an advanced diver or cave diving, again, not something you will do when you start your diving career if at all. There are no reefs in caves..caverns are a different matter but dive masters/instructors would not take novice divers into these environments.

Chose a good instructor and you will find a whole new world to explore 😊 Reply to this

10 years ago, July 7th 2013 No: 7 Msg: #172570  
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Hello Mell...

You might be interested in No Fear Diving...
I´s a special PADI scuba course... expressly created for people with concerns and fears in context to scuba diving and water.

have a look @...

<snip> Please do not post links in the forums.

[Edited: 2013 Jul 08 11:21 - John and Sylvia:18619 ]
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7 years ago, April 19th 2017 No: 8 Msg: #200651  
I find this thread a bit interesting. I am not really a swimmer, definitely not a good diver. Worst is, I really don't know how to swim but I'm very eager to learn someday. Just never had a chance to practice and learn how to do it properly. Aside from the fact that I don't know how to swim, I am afraid to dive in the ocean or beaches if I cannot reach the ground even if I have a life jacket on. I just had that fear that maybe someone or something will gonna pull me down in the deepest part of the ocean. One thing also is that I'm afraid of sea creatures, that maybe a shark will gonna follow me unknowingly and then attack me. Reply to this

7 years ago, April 19th 2017 No: 9 Msg: #200658  

Learn to swim and you'll find great joy and happiness in the ocean. You will learn to scuba in a pool so you'll realize how fun and not so much to worry about. Reply to this

7 years ago, April 19th 2017 No: 10 Msg: #200670  
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Hi Alexa

As there are so many people with the same desire to dive but concerned about how to get over worries may I suggest you get a copy of a book called Scuba Fundamental by Simon Pridmore. This is the pre learning to dive book in his trilogy - scuba fundamental, scuba confidential and scuba professional. Simon is a diving hall of fame member and industry leader as well as a fantastic guy who really does know this amazing underwater world - hints tips and how to's. I dive with Simon so am in all three books (usually as the example of what not to do!) and really feel that S. Fundamental fills a gap in the market. Rather than sign up for a course where you may or may not get a good instructor and will not get the opportunity to address some of your concerns before you have paid up and gotten wet I'd really suggest having a glance. It's available in hard copy, audio and kindle. Best of luck 😊 Reply to this

6 years ago, November 5th 2017 No: 11 Msg: #202853  
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Cindy, I feel like I may need to read this books to see what role you play. I'm sure they are great books. Reply to this

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