Is Learning to Dive Hard?

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By guest blogger Lisa from Fjords and Beaches

Is Learning to Dive Hard?

Learning to dive is an exciting, scary and challenging experience – all at the same time. Since I got certified with PADI the one question most people have asked me has been some version or other of; is learning to dive hard?

This does, of course, depend on the diver, but here I try my best to give you a clear answer nonetheless!

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The Theoretical part of Learning to Dive

When you learn to dive for the first time, you may feel overwhelmed at first with all there is to learn. As you may know, there is a theoretical part of getting certified, and when you first get your hands on the learning material it may seem like a daunting task.

But, as with everything, nothing is as hard as it seems, and when you get PADI Open Water Diver certified you’ll quickly find that you’ll have plenty of support along the way. You get access to the learning materials in both video and written form, and can easily learn the material the way that suits you best. Your instructor is also there to give you the support you need in order to take in all the information.

Learning to dive - practical

The Practical part of Learning to Dive

As for the practical part, this is where most people seem to worry about the difficulty in learning to dive. They ask me if it is difficult to use the regulator, if it is stressful to breathe under water, and if it is difficult to make sure your ears don’t pop.

There are many things you need to consider when diving and when learning to dive. Some of these are more difficult than others, but I can assure you that the PADI program is created to have you ready for success!

Once you have gone through the theory, you’ll have your confined water tests. During these tests, you’ll quickly find your pace and learn that the instructor lets you tick off the different challenges at your own speed. Some may find it more difficult than others to remove their mask and put it back on, while others may struggle a bit more with the fin pivot* (I know I did!). Either way, your instructor will let you take your time and find your comfort zone.

So, is Learning to Dive Hard?

To me, this post answers the question of whether learning to dive is hard – and the answer is no.


*The underwater world is one where we move in three dimensions. Scuba divers practise “buoyancy control” using their equipment and breathe to control movement and position. A fin pivot is one technique used to practice buoyancy control.

If this post has inspired you to start learning to dive – then click here to find out more about our PADI Open Water Diver course.