If you’re new to scuba, you may have some misconceptions about this wonderful activity that keeps you from trying it out. Or maybe you have some fears based on something you’ve heard. It’s common for anybody new to an activity – especially one as dynamic as scuba – to have reservations. That’s doubly true if you’ve had limited exposure to scuba experts or accurate information.

That’s a shame because scuba can offer anybody willing to give it a try the opportunity for life-changing experiences and lasting memories. So, if any of these myths are keeping you from diving in, now’s the time to bust them!

Myth: If you’re claustrophobic, scuba isn’t for you.

Truth: Most scuba spots feature wide open spaces and becoming comfortable underwater is a gradual process.

Sure, cave diving is a thing. But, if you’re claustrophobic, you can choose to dive in waters with high visibility and avoid caves. Some people are also concerned that all the diving gear may make them feel constricted or enclosed. The fact is that – once you go through the proper training – you’ll likely forget you even have any gear on as you marvel at the wonders of marine life swimming around you!

Myth: Sharks will get you!

Truth: You’re more likely to die from fireworks, bees, snakes, or lightning.

Sharks are very misunderstood animals. Shark attacks are actually very rare. Despite what you may have seen in the movies or on TV, sharks are very inquisitive and gentle creatures, and are usually afraid of divers. Although most experienced divers relish swimming with sharks, you can always choose to dive in waters not habited by these beautiful creatures.

Myth: You must be an expert swimmer to dive.

Truth: You only need basic swimming skills to dive.

Yes, for safety reasons, you must demonstrate a basic swimming ability at the beginning of your scuba course. It’s good to make sure you are comfortable in the water and being able to swim can help you do that. However, diving underwater and swimming on top of the water are two entirely different activities. The best part of diving is the ability to relax and breathe underwater, so, if you can complete the swim on the first day, you should not have any issues.

Myth: Scuba is expensive.

Truth: Well, yes, it can be. But we can help!

So, perhaps this isn’t as much of a myth as it is an obstacle. Scuba is indeed very gear-intensive. That’s mainly because the equipment you’ll need features advanced technology designed to keep you safe underwater. Whether it’s a mask, a regulator, or a diving computer, plenty of research and development goes into scuba gear to ensure your safety. The good news is that Diventures offers a wide selection of gear at many price points, and we’ll do our best to work with your budget. We work with all our suppliers to ensure we offer all our customer the best possible prices too.

Myth: Scuba is cold and dark.

Truth: The proper gear should keep you warm in cold waters, and there are plenty of venues with warmer temps and great visibility.

Believe it or not, many experienced scuba divers enjoy the surreal nighttime diving experience (with the proper lighting equipment). But temperature and visibility vary greatly in waterways all over the world. If you prefer warmer water with high visibility, there’s plenty of diving opportunities for you. And, if you decide to try diving in colder water, we can help equip you with advanced scuba apparel and gear that will keep you safe and comfortable.

Myth: It takes a long time to get certified to dive.

Truth: There’s plenty of ways to accelerate your training, and you can take the certification at your own pace based on your schedule.

Of course, the top priority for scuba certification is always safety. That means you’ll be required to spend time in the classroom and pool and complete the required skills during your scuba course. We do understand you have a busy life. That’s why Diventures offers many class days and times. If these scheduled sessions don’t work for you, we offer private classes at a time convenient for you. You can even opt to complete your open water training dives while on a scuba vacation!

So, if any of these common myths hold you back from taking the plunge, now you know the truth. A great way to start is our Try Scuba class. It’s a no-obligation way to dip your toe in the wonderful world of scuba to see if you’d like it. It only two hours long and offers you an introduction to scuba without committing to certification. It’s the perfect way to dive in!