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First Dive in the Amazing Blue Waters of Dubai

Exploring nature’s underwater ecosystem opens your eyes to a world of new wonders and fascinating sights. For first-timers, scuba diving may inspire a mixture of excitement and jitters as you venture into unfamiliar territory. 

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It’s natural to feel a little nervous about descending into the underwater world but don’t let your doubts and fears rob you of a wonderful experience. Here are some things that you can expect on your first dive in Dubai that might help calm your nerves and change apprehension to enthusiasm.

What to expect on your first scuba dive

Taking your initial dive in a controlled setting

Don’t worry because your dive instructor will not let you plunge into the ocean until you have acquired the necessary diving knowledge and skills.  You can enroll in our Introductory Diving in Dubai, where we will teach you the important scuba diving concepts. Then you will have your first dive in a controlled dive site such as a pool or shallow bay. This will give you the opportunity to apply the diving concepts, get familiar with the diving equipment, and practice basic scuba skills before going into open water.

Breathing through a scuba regulator

Taking your first breath underwater using a scuba regulator may seem quite strange at first. With proper guidance from a professional dive instructor, you will get used to the feeling until you become comfortable breathing through your mouthpiece. Exhaling fully after each breath will prevent you from feeling strained for air. Adjusting to regulator breathing may not be the same for everyone; some may adjust quickly while others may take a little longer to get accustomed to their scuba equipment. 

Feeling of weightlessness

Buoyancy is the feeling of weightlessness in the water which is one of the best parts of scuba diving. This acquired skill allows you to glide gracefully in the water without exerting too much effort.  For first-time divers, buoyancy may seem tricky. Don’t stress yourself because it may take a few dives before you can master this skill.  Water is dense and it’s natural to feel the resistance around you when you move. However, the more you struggle your way underwater, the more oxygen you consume. This will result in a shorter dive. The trick is to relax and use controlled movements when you make your way underwater. Our dive instructor will teach you the right amount of weight to carry and how to fine-tune your weighting and trim. Your dive instructor will also tackle other factors that influence buoyancy such as BC inflation, exposure suit, depth, and breath control. 

Underwater Noise

During your initial dive in shallow water or first plunge in open water, you might feel distracted by the loud noises created by your breathing. The sounds may seem like it’s coming from the rear which can be confusing during the first few minutes. Don’t fuss about it because you’ll be able to tune out the sound the longer you stay in the water. Try to focus on your colorful surroundings to lessen the distraction of the underwater noise.

Limited underwater vision

Most scuba diving masks obstruct a diver’s peripheral vision resulting in blind spots. A first-timer might have a tendency to panic when it becomes challenging to see underwater.  Remain calm because your dive instructor will guide you on which way to look and where to make a turn. Another way to compensate for reduced peripheral vision is to keep your head on a swivel. Meaning, you have to move your head and constantly scan from left to right so you’re aware of the things around you.

Diving is a rewarding experience especially when you get accustomed to it.  The more you dive, the more confidence you gain in the water.  With time, effort, and commitment, you’ll find yourself completely at home in the underwater world. 


Scuba diving is an exciting and adventurous water sport that offers a chance to explore the beauty of the underwater world and its amazing marine life. The UAE, particularly Dubai, is one of the most popular destinations for scuba diving, attracting divers from all over the world. With its crystal clear waters and diverse marine life, scuba diving in Dubai offers a unique and unforgettable experience.

The cost of scuba diving in Dubai varies depending on the dive center you choose and the type of dive you opt for. On average, a single dive can cost anywhere from AED 250 to AED 550, with the average price for a single dive being around AED 350. This price usually includes all the necessary equipment, such as the dive tank, regulator, and wetsuit, as well as the services of a professional dive guide. At Nemo Diving Center, We offer a wide range of diving packages to suit every budget and experience level.

Diving in Dubai is an incredible experience, and the UAE is home to many dive sites teeming with amazing marine life including colorful soft and hard corals, sea turtles, stingrays, manta rays, moray eels, cuttlefish, octopus, nudibranchs, seahorses, and a plethora of fish species. It is also noted for its incredible dive wrecks that have become rich artificial reefs. These dive sites offer a unique and exciting diving experience, providing a chance to explore sunken ships and other structures that have become havens for marine life.

Come and explore the unique underwater world of Palm Jumeriah in Dubai and incredible dive sites in Fujairah such as Dibba Rock, Sharm Rock, Martini Rock, Snoopy Island, and more. At Nemo Diving Center, we offer dive trips to these amazing dive sites, allowing divers to discover the incredible marine life that has made the wreck its home. We also offer a wide range of other dive sites to choose from, including shallow coral reefs, deep wrecks, and drift dives, providing something for every level of diver.

In conclusion, scuba diving in Dubai offers an unforgettable experience for all levels of diver. With its clear waters, diverse marine life, and incredible dive sites, Dubai is a must-visit destination for any scuba diver. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced diver, our team at Nemo Diving Center will ensure that you have an amazing time exploring the beauty of the underwater world.



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