An introductory scuba dive is one of the most time and budget efficient ways to discover scuba diving, but what does it entail?
The world is 72% water – so confining yourself to exploring on land means you’re missing out on heaps of amazing adventures!
Over the last few years scuba diving has become a larger and larger part of my travels and has been responsible for some incredible experiences – from diving with 7 gill cow sharks in South Africa to spending time on a dive live aboard in the Similan Islands.
I also know that learning to scuba dive a big bucket list tick for many travellers and receive heaps of emails asking about where to learn and what it entails.
If you’re not sure enough about diving to jump into a full open water dive course one of the easiest ways to experience scuba diving is an introductory dive – so I teamed up with the guys from Byron Bay Dive Centre, grabbed my TomTom Bandit Action Camera and jumped on an intro dive course with some buddies to show you what it’s all about!
So What Is An Introductory Dive?
An introductory dive is just as the name suggest – an intro into the world of scuba diving!
It’s split into two parts – pool work and open water.
The pool work combines a short classroom section where you learn the basics of diving and dive safety before heading into a pool to practice some basic scuba diving techinques such as mask clearing, reg recovery and buddy breathing under the guidance of a trained scuba dive instructor.
Although the skills are heaps important one of the main aims is to get you comfortable breathing under water and in your dive kit.
With the pool theory done and dusted you then head out for an open water dive.
Again your instructor will always be by your side (alongside a dive master to help keep an extra eye on you too!) and you can then explore the underwater world and soak up the incredible marine life it has to offer.
Although there’s a max depth of 12m – which is slightly shallower than the 18m that the open water certification allows – there’s still plenty to see, check out the video for some of the awesome marine life we encountered out at Julian Rocks!
Into The Blue
If you’re keen to see if scuba diving is for you hopefully my edit will get you pretty stoked!
An introductory dive in Byron Bay will set you back $160AUD (approx £80) which takes half a day, including the pool work and single open water dive.
And if you decide to go on to complete your open water dive certification afterwards the skills and dive you do as part of your introductory dive count towards it, which means you get it slightly discounted…so there’s no reason not to give it a go!
Have you learn to scuba dive or done and introductory dive? How did you find it?