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Preparing For Your First Open Water Dive Class

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Preparing For Your First Open Water Dive Class

Come learn with Carolina Scuba!

Open water scuba diving allows you many once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to travel the world and discover the breadth of our deep blue ocean! Can you picture yourself in Barbados or Australia? Then you need our open water diving certification.

Carolina Scuba is here to help teach and support scuba divers of all skill levels — from those taking their first class to others who want to become a Nitrox diver. Get all of your need to know information regarding your first open water dive class here.

How to Prepare For Your First Open Water Dive Class

The goal of our classes at Carolina Scuba is to make you a skilled, safe, and competent diver and to help you meet and exceed industry standards, so you can achieve the diving certifications you’re after. 

It’s not all pool time.

As much as it’s true that we learn the most by being in the water, it’s important to understand some basics before we dive right in! Our open water classes typically consist of eight hours in the classroom and 12 hours of pool time. Once the classroom and pool hours are logged, you’ll need a minimum of four open water dives and one skin dive to be certified.  

Brush up on your water skills.

While you aren’t required to be an Olympic swimmer, it is important that you have strong swimming skills. At Carolina Scuba, before you begin your open water diver certification, we require that you’re able to meet our swimming skills standards. 

If you’re new to diving or aren’t totally comfortable with swimming in deep water, you may want to sign up for a few swimming classes first. 

Don’t be afraid to take our beginner dive class again!

Learning to dive is fun but it can also be challenging so if you don’t feel totally comfortable in the water after your beginner’s dive class, there is no harm in taking it again. This way you know most of the information, but can ask additional questions and solidify your skills before you jump straight into the open water dive class. 

Practice, practice, practice!

Unfortunately, you can’t take one dive class and expect to be an advanced diver, it takes practice, in addition to leveling up your skills! After you’ve completed a basic dive course, hone your skills by practicing in a pool or in confined water.

Connect with your dive instructors or Carolina Scuba for any dive charters that allow you to practice your skills.  

Invest in properly fitting dive gear.

One of the most important aspects of diving is making sure you have dive equipment that fits properly. A faulty mask or the wrong fins or wetsuit could gravely impact your safety in the water, so finding the gear that fits you is your first priority. 

Keep Calm

Diving can quickly bring up nerves and butterflies — even in the pool! As you probably learned in your beginner’s dive class, it’s important to harness your breathing and calm down before you go under. Communicate with your instructor and let them know you need to take another minute, and never hold your breath!


Sign Up With Carolina Scuba!

Our open water for the summer season is filling up fast, so book your class today!