Nobody forgets Maui, and nobody forgets their first time scuba diving.
Your first time scuba diving is about one thing. You becoming comfortable underwater.
If you're not comfortable underwater, then you're not having fun. If you're not having fun, you probably won't fully enjoy your 35 minutes swimming around coral with sea turtles. So, since scuba diving is fun, your first dive is going to help you learn a couple basic safety fundamentals, and then spend time at the surface getting familiar with your scuba diving gear before descending below to the sandy bottom.
Your first dive is simple, and after you've become comfortable, it's all about enjoying the dive and Hawaiian sea life. There's no tests to pass or skills to master. You only have to focus on blowing bubbles and posing for epic photos.
Shore Diving is Easy
In Maui, you don't have to go on a boat to scuba dive. That's right, instead of sitting on a boat for an hour, then jumping in, then riding the boat back – all you have to do is show up to the dive site which will most likely be near your lodging (weather permitting). Your gear and instructor will be waiting for you beneath a palm tree, and when you're ready to get in the water, you will walk across a tropical beach into the ocean. No crowded boats, no big waves and no big jumps into the deep blue are needed. Instead you have a relaxing environment to learn in with tranquil water, restrooms, showers and plenty of shade to stay cool before your dive.
Your orientation to scuba and first dive will take around 90 minutes.
You and your family will meet your instructor Chris at the dive site in Kihei, Wailea, Makena or Kaanapali. He will have all your scuba gear ready to go. All you need to do is show up, bring a camera, and be ready to have an awesome time!
Your first time scuba diving will look like this:
- Meet Chris and fill out a little bit of paperwork.
- Spend 35 minutes going over basic scuba diving skills - how to clear your regulator and mask. How to inflate your BCD at the surface, how to equalize your ears and why you should never hold your breath while scuba diving.
- Put on dive gear and snorkel on the surface for a few minutes.
- Descend down to about 8' of water and practice clearing your regulator and mask.
- Swim out to 35' deep and spend 35 minutes swimming with turtles (see video below), fish and we will be looking for rays! You can read more about reef diving here.
Then you will ascend up, take off your gear and Chris will answer any questions about the dive. After that, you can continue on exploring Maui. Chris is always happy to recommend activities, beaches, snorkel sites, hikes, shops and restaurants. If you fall in love with scuba diving, (you probably will) you can book your PADI Open Water Certification with Chris, and continue scuba diving in Maui!