Learning to scuba dive is a fun and rewarding experience, and it's perfectly fine to take lessons with a dive shop. They'll usually start in a swimming pool and then take you on a nearby shore dive in order to brush up. However, you might also like to think about learning by going on a liveaboard. As the name implies, liveaboards see you staying on a dive boat for one or more nights, then diving a few times each day.
Here are just four reasons why it's a great idea to learn to dive during a liveaboard trip.
1. Different Dive Sites
If you decide to learn on a liveaboard, you'll still be taking the initial one or two lessons in a swimming pool to make sure you know how to use each piece of equipment. However, once you're aboard the boat, you'll be able to head to different dive sites in order to complete your training. This means that you'll go right to the best locations right away.
Furthermore, you'll be able to train with instructors across different types of dives. For example, liveaboards often offer the opportunity to take in a night dive. Different currents and depths can also be experienced.
2. Less Money
People who want to go on a liveaboard trip will often take their lessons before leaving in order to maximise their enjoyment of the trip itself. However, this means that they'll be spending far more money than they need to.
When you learn on a liveaboard, you'll be combining the cost of that trip with the cost of general instruction. This is often a real plus for people who can't scuba dive at home. For example, anyone visiting the Great Barrier Reef from Katherine will want to dive as much as they can without having to spend too much money.
3. Time to Experiment
Liveaboards carry plenty of different pieces of equipment on board, so you can always swap things out if you feel like a piece of your equipment isn't right. Mask too tight or wetsuit too warm? Just ask for a replacement.
Of course, you can always replace your gear if you take regular lessons, but going with a liveaboard means taking several dives each day. You'll be able to really get a feel for the way your gear handles.
4. Perfect Atmosphere
Last but not least, going on a liveaboard dive trip, even if you're still learning the ropes at the start, is simply a far more memorable experience than taking a few lessons. You'll be with the same people for a few days, sharing your meals and often sharing cabins. It's not at all hard to make friends with people during these trips, and the time you spend socialising on the boat can be just as fun as the time you spend exploring beneath the waves