Introduction To Scuba Diving - First Time Bad Experience!

by Jm
(Cabot, AR. , USA)

I went to my local dive shop yesterday for my introduction to scuba diving course. I was so excited to finally take this step. My wife and I are finally able to have the time and freedom to travel more and enjoy our vacation experiences. Scuba diving is something I always wanted to do.


After arriving at the dive shop we got suited up and entered the shallow end of the pool. With mask on and regulator in mouth, I slowly submerged underwater. I could only take three or four breaths before I felt like I couldn't take another. It felt like I was struggling to breathe. I never have had anxiety issues or breathing problems.

Was I trying to breathe to hard which caused this? Should I feel this pressure while trying to breathe? Should I be able to breathe easily through the regulator?

Should I just walk away from this? I am very disapointed in myself because I wanted this so badly! Help!!!!!

Hi Jm,

I am sorry you had this experience. I will tell you though that it is not unheard of. Breathing underwater is not a natural action and it can feel uncomfortable and cause people to panic when they first try it.

In answer to your question - no, it should not be hard to breathe through your regulator. It may have been a function of the regulator or it may have felt like that due to your reaction.

I would like some more information on your situation. Did you call it off there? Did the instructor try and work with you?

In my opinion he should have worked with you to relax and stay calm. Once you were OK on top, slowly bring you underwater so you can see that you are, in fact, able to breathe underwater. It may take time, but you should definitely be able to do it.

In my certification class, a couple people had the same issue but they were eventually able to work through it.

I am interested to hear the rest of the story. Let us know. And if anyone else has had a similar experience, please share it and tell us what you did to overcome this obstacle - or if you weren't able to continue.

Dianne




Comments for Introduction To Scuba Diving - First Time Bad Experience!

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Same experience
by: Anonymous

This is the experience I had taking my first breaths underwater. Infact I experienced it again on my first open-water dive and again 2 years later doing a scuba refresher and it takes a lot of will-power to keep my head underwater and regulator in my mouth.

I know the panicky feeling well and I wish I knew how to make it go away for good. Strangely enough I find it usually disappears once I am active underwater and not just stationary, maybe because my mind is concentrating on other things and not just my breathing. If you give it another go you could try swimming a little around the shallow end of the pool to see if that helps, it seems to work for me.

I hope you can give it another try as I have been able to overcome it, it still makes me nervous when I dive. Just take your time, my instructor also said to maybe look downwards at the beginning as this may make the breathing feel slightly easier. Good luck!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Information on Scuba Diving.



 Want to stay down longer and improve your buoyancy control and other diving skills? Our free report "Increase Your Bottom Time" along with our practical, weekly actionable tips will have you looking like a seasoned diver in no time. So come join us and see improvement on your very next dive!
(Click on the photo to join us now!)



What's New

  1. Scuba Divers Life

    Dec 21, 17 09:27 AM

    It's a beautiful sunny day, birds are singing, colorful flowers pointing their faces towards the sun and a soft warm breeze touching your skin. I'm wondering..

    Read More

  2. It Is That Time Of Year Again!

    Nov 29, 17 01:01 PM

    Where does the time go? Another year has gone by in a flash. I hope you were able to get some good scuba diving in this year! While I didn't get much diving in, I was able to swim with whalesharks, se…

    Read More

  3. Happy Thanksgiving

    Nov 23, 17 07:49 AM

    Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow Americans. May you have a day filled with family, friends, love and laughter!

    Read More

  4. New Additions to Our Collection of Scuba Diving T-Shirts

    Nov 09, 17 07:43 AM

    I have been having fun steadily adding to our collection of tshirts for scuba divers. Perfect for wearing on the dive boat or while traveling to that next dive spot. After all, you can't have too many…

    Read More

  5. Aqualung Regulator Check

    Oct 13, 17 06:13 AM

    Aqualung is concerned about a possible regulator gas flow failure during a dive with the Automatic Closer Device (ACD) yoke systems. Models involved in the check are the Titan LX ACD Yoke Regulators…

    Read More

CONNECT WITH US ON FB!

scuba diving gift ideas

Our Full Dive Course

(Link goes to our other site, scubadivetips.com)

Scuba diving ebook course

Buoyancy Control

buoyancy control ebook

Air Consumption

air consumption ebook

Boat Diving

Boat diving ebook

Ear Equalization

Dive Safety

scuba diving safety report

See our choices for the best scuba equipment for any budget.


What you need to know (and ask) before you book a dive vacation package.


Travel Business