if you stop trying to get better, you will start to get worse
I don’t remember the origin of this quote, but it is so true. for life in general, but also specifically in scuba diving. So you want to grow and get better? here’s 6 ways how to:
It may sound simple, but its the most important thing: a diver that doesn’t dive isn’t a diver. Experience is what counts!
You committed a Mistake? Don’t be shy, tell others about it. Good divers won’t blame you, instead, they will share and together you will learn and grow!
Logging my dives (blog post) is another tool that helps me with that, because I “re-dive” all my dives on the surface and note my learnings.
Dive with different buddies, guides, teachers, schools. You’ll see different approaches, systems, for good and for bad. Either you will learn something you like or you will learn what you want to avoid in the future.
Maintain your equipment!
Take care of your equipment! Don’t have your own? Maybe you should get it. Once you do, take good care of it! wash it, service it, check it, keep it ready for the next dive.
Articles, Podcasts, dive shows, Magazines, books (blog posts), movies (blog post), even if you can’t hit the water right now, there are so many ways to stay connected and I am sure you will find something that interests you.
Take a course!
Learn something new every now and then. Widen your horizon, it doesn’t matter if it’s a theory class like science of diving or ratio deco, a mini class like SMB or finning or a more complex one like deep diving or cave diving; keep widening your horizon.
Bonus Tip: stay humble!
When you advance and get better, temptation is to stick your nose in the air and look down on others. Don’t forget you started, yourself! Never lose respect, not for others, not for diving. Keeping your respect will also make sure you keep the rules. Because once you start being over confident and skip the rules, mistakes will happen!
If you want me to become a part of your path in scuba diving, feel free to contact me. I’d love to help you become a better diver 🙂