Papua is a gem on the west side of Indonesia. This stunning area offers excellent snorkeling and diving opportunities as the visibility is so clear that you will be able to spot a huge variety of marine life. You also can enjoy long white sandy beaches with wavy colorful coral reefs. Unlike many other dive destinations in Indonesia, Papua has the advantage of being able to offer a lot of excursions on dive-free days. Therefore, it is an ideal destination for a fun holiday, where a mix of diving, relaxation, sightseeing can be combined. There are only two kinds of travelers coming to this exotic place: those who love diving and those who haven’t yet. You definitely should try Papua diving at least once in your lifetime! Here are some essential tips for beginner divers!
Tips for your first time Papua Diving
Always listen to your diving instructor. Listen to your driving instructor is number one on the list because it truly is the most important. Your instructor’s word is law and you must never, ever think you know everything better.
Be a patient diver. Many new divers want to get straight underwater and think they will know just what to do straight away in the water. Diving is something you need to learn both out in the water and out of the water. Even outside of your diving classes, you have to learn and practice as much as you can. It takes a long process, but the more time you take to practice, the better your skill becomes.
Stay close to your dive buddy. One of the important rules of Papua Diving at any stage is staying with a buddy. Staying with a dive buddy is so important because in certain situations you are each other’s lifeline.
Relax when diving. Many beginner divers tend to stress over the little things, which can really worsen their diving skills in the water. It is very common to feel a little bit nervous before dives. Learning to calm and relax. Take deep breaths, imagine all the wonderful marine life you are going to see and enjoy all the exciting sensations in the water.
Stay hydrated while Papua diving. Stay hydrated is essential for technical diving. However, most divers don’t drink enough water. They also do not consider drinking water once a dive is underway. You can become very hydrated while underwater, especially in a climate like Papua’s. Make sure to drink at least 2 liters a day.
Take care of your dive gear. Your scuba gear is your life support equipment underwater, so it is great if you use only good quality dive gear. Make sure to regular service and maintenance of your scuba gear. It is not only important in order to ensure the scuba gear lasts the test of time, but also a very important safety for diving.