Can You Scuba Dive Every Day?

Scuba diving is an activity many people partake in whether it be recreational or for work. A lot of us might wonder, how often can you actually go scuba diving?

Yes, you can scuba dive every day. As long as you remain with the dive table safety limits or use a dive computer. You have to monitor all your prior dives depth and bottom time, but 24 hours is plenty of time to recover between dives.

Whether you’re serious about diving or just want to get out and see some fish, there are plenty of opportunities and ways to get out in the water. The more you go, the more confident you will be. You can also mix in snorkeling around dives for more water fun. But be aware of the dive tables and free diving. Maybe surface snorkel to prevent complicating your recovery times.

How to Scuba Dive Every Day

Getting out to scuba dive every day will take quite a bit of effort but is well worth it. You can dive multiple times per day by following the dive table rules or by using a dive computer to plan your day. Things that influence your ability to get out include:

  • Certifications
  • Location
  • Weather
  • Physical Fitness

Certifications

​Before you dive into recreational scuba diving, there are certain steps you have to take. The most important being getting certified to legally dive without a trained guide. The two main certifications recreational divers get are Open Water Diver and Advanced Open Water Diver Certifications.

Open Water Diver Certification

​To obtain this certification, you must first participate in either online or in-person classes. Once you’ve finished the classroom portion, it’s time to move on to the closed-off dives. These usually take place in a pool. This is to teach you the basics of scuba diving such as dive techniques, how to put on your mask and buoyancy control device (BCD), etc.

​After you master the confined dives, they will move you to open water. This allows you to apply the skills you’ve learned and find out how you work with the water and currents. Once you nail this down, you will be certified to carry out open water dives in sixty feet of water or less.

​If you don’t want to go further than the classroom portion, you will be allowed to dive but only with a guide. This is ideal for those who are traveling somewhere and want to scuba dive. It allows you to know the basics, but not go through the hassle of practicing, especially if you only want to go scuba diving this one time.

Advanced Open Water Diver Certification

​If you feel comfortable enough diving open water dives, you may consider furthering your certification training. When beginning an Advanced Open Water Diver Certification course, you’re required to go on five different adventure dives. These will include difficult navigation and different terrains. 

​This certification allows you to dive to depths of up to one hundred and thirty feet. 

​Completing either certification will allow you to dive without a trained guide. The best part about getting your certification, if you go through www.padi.com, is you can use them all around the world. PADI is recognized globally for its courses and professionalism. You can finish your training on the website in less than a week and it will only cost you between $190 to $200.

​Since you can use your certification anywhere in the world, where are the best spots to scuba diving?

The Best Scuba Spots

​The world is host to some amazing aquatic terrains. The hard part is deciding which places are the best of the best to go to. Here are our top pics for places you can definitely get out every day.

1. Barracuda Point, Sipadon Island, Malaysia. This place is currently ranked as the best spot in the world to go scuba diving, according to scubatravel.co.uk. Many who go experience ocean life that you simply can’t experience at your local aquarium. Sharks, barracudas, turtles, bump head parrotfish, and many more aquatic creatures inhabit the coral-walled Point.

2. The Yongala, Australia. This scuba site is actually a shipwreck right off the coast of Queensland. The ship was called the Yongala and was sunk during a cyclone in 1911 and has remained at its burial spot since. Divers can experience sea snakes, tiger sharks, manta rays, and many more.

3. Manta Ray Night Dive, Kailua Kona, Hawaii. This dive spot is unique as it is best viewed at night. There are underwater lights that attract creatures such as plankton and other crustaceans and it turn attracts giant manta rays to eat them. Many divers who go say that they get so close to that they would have to move out of the way as to not hit them. Our guide had us lying on rocky bottom, and the rays still knocked off our masks a couple of times.

4. Great Blue Hole. This coral-lined spot has a very interesting look. As the name suggests, light blue water lining the coral makes a striking transition to a deep, dark blue hole. It transitions from saltwater to freshwater and flaunts curious sea creatures. It’s been said they like to jump from the saltwater to the freshwater sometimes. Not to mention, the deep sea cavern displays impressive stalactites and stalagmites.

5. Santa Catalina Island, California. This site is not only beautiful but full of aquatic life. It boasts leopard sharks, angel sharks, sheep-head, and many more. Depth ranges from twenty to one hundred and forty feet and is great for surface and deep dives. It also offers beautiful aquatic plant life!

Watching the Weather

​Scuba diving during less than ideal conditions can impact how your experience is going to go. The most ideal conditions are sunny and cloudless as this will ensure the waters will be calm. It’s also better for the boat as it will be easier to navigate and to find moorings. 

If you go during rainy, cold and cloudy weather it can actually impact the visibility in the water. Not only will you not be able to see, but the behavior of tidal waves will be unstable as well and could lead to dangerous conditions. You may not be able to scuba dive every day if the weather does not cooperate.

The most dangerous time to go scuba diving is during a storm. While on the surface you may be safe, the currents and wind are quite haphazard during a storm. So, once you go under the water, you might not end up coming back up in the spot you assumed you would.

So, overall it’s best to go when it’s sunny and clear, but you can go when it’s rainy or storming. You need to be extra cautious and careful when going out in a storm.

Fitness & Scuba Diving

​Scuba diving is a very physically exerting activity. It’s important that you stay physically fit so you can safely dive every day without getting exhausted. Some good exercises, include:

● Walking. Research shows that people who walk about thirty minutes a day lower their risk of heart disease. A lot of pressure can be put on your heart while diving, so this is important to stay fit. It also is an easy activity to do daily as you can split it up to two 15 minute walks or three 10 minute walks.

● Warm up. A great warm up will ensures that any exercise you do will be easier as your joints will be more malleable and your muscles are prepared for the task. Do a few pushups, jumping jacks, and planks to get your body in the groove, especially before you dive in cold water, as it could shock your muscles.

● Stay hydrated. Staying hydrated is important for not just exercise, but for your health overall. When diving, many people don’t notice they are dehydrated until they experience extreme fatigue. If you are committed to diving every day, keeping water and substantial food and calories flowing in is essential.

● Exercise. Your calves, feet, and back are important muscles to regularly exercise and strengthen for diving. If not strong enough for continuous diving, your muscles can cramp up and become a pain during your dive. This can cause problems when trying to swim further or return to the surface.

Have Fun Scuba Diving Every Day

​If scuba diving is something you want to start doing recreationally, it’s imperative you find the proper equipment and you make sure you get the certification you desire. The dangers of scuba can be avoided by taking proper precautions, as we outline in this article. Aquatic life and terrain are waiting for whoever wants to explore them.


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Tim Conner, M.D.

Tim Conner, M.D. started boating in 1974. He has been involved in recreational boating continuously since then. Dr. Conner has been active in boating and watersports safety education for decades. He rode his first jet ski in 1997, and rejoined the personal watercraft arena in 2012 with a Sea-Doo GTX 155, followed by 2 supercharged SeaDoos. Scuba certification came in 1988, and he and the family have traveled the world snorkeling and scuba diving for decades. The family has recently taken up paddle boarding. Click the photo for a lot more.

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