(Closed) Getting scuba certified for honeymoon

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I’m claustrophobic and waiting to do mine too!  SO and I were going to do it together but he got a good deal he couldn’t pass up and I was unavailable (I am still bitter about it all tbh, haha).  Anyway, I’d like to know what other claustrophobic bees have to say on it too.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@nursemel:  Haha.  Definitely a good motivator.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

If you tell the dive center/instructor about your problem, or any other medical issue, they are supposed to ask for a doctor’s note before they even let you into the pool. A good instructor will be patient with you. If you have some sort of medication/techniques for relaxation, I recommend doing them. Not to scare you/put you off, but panicking while diving can kill you, so you need to be sure you’re confident and relaxed when you get into the ocean.

Another option is your husband doing the full open-water certification course, and you doing what’s called a DSD (discover scuba diving). You guys could still dive a little together, but the instructor would supervise you much more/not go as deep into the ocean with you.

As for the sea turtles… anything you can see diving down here is a crap shoot. I’ve had days (in CR) where I’ve seen sharks, mantas, turtles & all kinds of other great stuff in one dive… and other days where I’ve seen nothing but pretty fish and coral. Lol.

Can I ask where in CR you’re going, and what dive centers your looking at? My Fiance worked in the field for several years and we’re familiar with a lot of dive centers down here… if you let me know where you’re doing, I can try to point you in the direction of someone/someplace I think is nice/understanding.

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

 I second what @lanalnoco says: A good instructor should help you work through your issues, but the mask plus BC plus regulator is a lot of equipment and it could trigger your claustrophobia.  And “freaking out” underwater is how people die while diving (I used to be a rescue diver).  

Sometimes dive centers have a “discover scuba” event, where you pay a nominal feel to get in a pool with the equipment.  If your dive center does not offer this, I suggest asking them if you can get into the shallow end of a pool for 30 min with the equipment and an instructor just to see if this is something you could possibly do.  The 30 min won’t come close to what you need to do to get certified, but at least it can give you an idea…and either get you psyched about diving or save you big $$ on the class.

Good luck – if you decide diving is right for you it is a really fun activity!!!

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2013

If this is not something that you plan to pursue beyond your honeymoon then I’d sugget that you check with your hotel and surrounding areas.  Some offer what they call “resort courses.”  These are often offered as excursions on cruise ships.  This is basically a 45 minute “how not to die” class and then you go in the water.  You’ll learn how to avoid bursting a lung or getting the bends.  You should also learn how to recover a mask and regulator.   You won’t learn how to chart nitrogen or perfect your neutral buoyancy or anything like that.  But you’ll be able to dive and if you discover that it’s something you like, many of these courses count as the first class for longer programs.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Practice in the pool as much as possible with a mask and snorkel.  The single most important thing about diving is to be comfortable in the water.  If you’re not comfortable in the water, it doesn’t matter how good your instructor is – you won’t enjoy it.  If you’re relaxed about everythng else, you might be able to work through the claustrophobia.  

 

If you do it all and realize you can’t work through it, that’s ok.  You can still snorkel and enjoy being underwater.

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