In a young diver’s life, the first dive trip is always a great moment of excitement. Moving to warmer, bluer, more fishy waters, or simply different from what we know, is a first step, but with caution, to ensure that it remains a successful experience. So here are some tips and above all, the best destinations for beginner divers !
What are the diving conditions for a beginner diver?
When you are a very young diver (in terms of the number of dives you have made), it is important not to throw yourself blindly into the destination of your first trip away from home. Hot sand, coconut palms, and superb seabeds are not the only criteria to consider, at the risk of spending some unpleasant moments, and even scaring yourself a little. And in case of difficulties you may no longer want to try the experience. That would be a shame….
In scuba diving, you have to move at your own rhythm. Because it’s the experience that makes a diver. Having 10 dives in your logbook means in other words an almost negligible experience. The good news is that leaving and making beautiful dives in an unknown place is very beneficial to acquire the right reflexes and manage stress.
So how to choose your first diving destination ?
As a novice diver, you will not have the reflexes of an experienced diver. So the best thing is to reduce stressful situations. Because each of them can lead to loss of control of the situation or even panic. And clearly, on holiday it is better to do without it….
To start, first find out about the general sea conditions at the destination. Some of them are clearly intended for divers with a minimum of experience. We often talk about the 50 dives level. We believe that this is a minimum to have a “real” experience as a diver, having been able to respond to a certain number of situations to manage.
Warm water is an advantage: less fatigue and lower consumption. The essential point not to be overlooked will be the presence of currents, which can be difficult to manage if you are not used to them. For example, a liveaboard to the Maldivesusually requires a minimum of experience, as the currents are very present there, and sometimes even quite strong. We then speak of an intermediate level which generally corresponds to the famous level of 50 dives. At stake is the successful experience of the customer, i. e. you….. But also your safety and that of the guides and other divers.
Also take into account the presence of certain species, especially sharks. It is likely that you are not yet ready to dive with them. It is something that is being prepared, simply to have the right behaviours and calmly manage the situation. There is nothing worse than hyper-stressed divers in the presence of sharks… Surely they attract them ! And bad behaviour can follow one another very quickly.
Find out about the average depth of dives where you would like to dive. If three-quarters of them are between 30 and 40m… forget it ! You’ll have time to schedule it in a year or two, when you have the required level and the experience to go with it. It is often in the 20m that we have the most fun so we can enjoy it as much as we can.
Finally, you will also have to choose the format of your stay. More like a liveaboard or more like a hotel ? Be aware that on a cruise you will only dive. Ideal for fast progress, but you still have to support the rhythm, because it is usually 3 or 4 dives per day. On land, it’s different because you dive when you want. And depending on the destination, it is interesting to combine diving with tourism and culture.
The perfect destinations for beginner divers
To help you choose your next diving holiday, Tribloo has selected some destinations perfectly adapted to beginners divers, with very good conditions overall, both in terms of visibility, temperature and currents. Be careful, however, to respect the right period for each of them.
Just to start close to us in France, who has never dreamed of spending his holidays in Corsica ? With a season that runs from May to October, and waters that exceed 26° during the summer, it is the ideal place to do beautiful Mediterranean dives. Good visibility and abundant life, low currents, perfect for progressing safely !
With its crystal clear and warm waters for much of the year, Malta has become a popular diving destination for European divers and beyond. Known for its deep dives, caves and wrecks, the conditions are perfect for all levels, including beginners. And even if some sites far from the coast sometimes have fairly strong currents, the majority do not have some.
The Red Sea is of course one of the leading destinations for divers from all over the world, and especially for Europeans. In a few hours of travel and for a limited budget, you can enjoy wonderful coral reefs in a legendary blue water. But be careful to choose your formula and itinerary carefully. For inexperienced divers, there are two options. You can opt for a stay ashore, such as in the Marsa Alam,Hurghada or Safaga region, with dives that can sometimes be made from the coast, or on the offshore reefs by boat. To enjoy the most beautiful sites, you have to go on a weekly liveaboard. And not all of them require the same level. The most suitable is certainly the St-John’s reef itinerary to the south, with shallow sites, weak currents in general, and even warmer waters. The famous BDE cruise is to be avoided for beginners (currents, swell, sharks).
Southeast Asia is a region recognized worldwide as one of the best regions for scuba diving. In the heart of the Coral Triangle (the largest marine biodiversity on the planet), the Philippines is a mecca for diving. It is in the central region, the Visayas, that the conditions will be most suitable for novice divers. It is possible to see incredible things in less than 50 feet of water. However, be careful to manage its buoyancy well, as corals are present everywhere. It is therefore important to know how to stabilize yourself…
Known worldwide as a Honeymoon destination, Mauritius is also a little paradise for divers, widely adapted to first-time and beginner divers. It is a perfect place, in an idyllic place to discover the coral reefs and all the fauna of the Indian Ocean. A beautiful wreck is also accessible to the Open Water divers, the Stella Maru.
Located on the Caribbean arc, this French overseas territory is one of the best places to dive in the West Indies. With its ever-warm waters and relatively weak currents, the novices will find a wonderful playground, especially in the famous Cousteau Reserve to the west. Marine turtles are an integral part of the scenery….
This archipelago off the coast of Morocco, accessible in just a few hours from Europe, is a real change of scenery ! With its volcanic landscapes, both on land and underwater, divers come here to discover different atmospheres from what they know in general. With a fauna mixed with Atlantic, Mediterranean and even tropical species, beginner divers will find great sensations. And with relatively low currents, the Canary Islands seabeds have some nice surprises in store for them….
These destinations will be perfect for getting confident underwater, adopting the right reflexes, and improving your diving experience. Soon you will be able to sail to other waters, such as the Maldives, Mexico, Polynesia and many other destinations…