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Returning To Scuba Diving After A Break

Has it been a while since you have been out scuba diving? You are not alone. Few people traveled during the pandemic. For some, the gap of time is even longer. Now that travel has returned to Maui, it’s a good time to consider getting those fins wet again!

There is a lot to remember when scuba diving, and if it’s been a while this can cause some uncertainty. Even for someone who used to dive frequently, it may be hard to recall each step in setting up gear or best practices during a dive. Fortunately, there are some great options to get you reacquainted with your diving skills.

Start with an easier dive

green sea turtle

You might be tempted to pick the most challenging dive you can find on your Maui vacation. However, to refresh your skills we recommend an easier, shallower dive first, and we’ve got just the spot. Our Turtle Reef Charter is a mellow 30 – 35 feet in depth, but is still one of the most interesting dives you will experience. A partially collapsed pier creates an active habitat for a variety of marine life, including abundant green sea turtles, and usually some reef sharks hanging out in the shadows, along with a variety of tropical fish and coral.  

Ask for help

Let us know when you book if you would like a little extra help on your dive. On board, make sure to participate in the dive briefing. This is also a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

Many charter customers like to set up their own gear, but our crew is standing by to help. Just ask and we would be happy to do this for you or assist and answer any questions. All crew members are at a minimum dive masters, and most are dive instructors. We are accustomed to sharing our knowledge and are here to help people further their skills in the sport.

Take an online scuba refresher course

It’s a good idea for divers who haven’t been in the water for a significant period and are thinking about returning to enroll in a scuba refresher. PADI offers an e-learning program called ReActivate which covers the main points you learned during your Open Water Diver course. The program is a good opportunity to get you back to feeling comfortable in the underwater world in less than a day.

ReActivate covers how to:

  • Assemble a scuba unit
  • Handle common problems
  • Perform basic skills with ease

Sign up for ReActivate through THIS PADI COURSE LINK.  

Dive with a buddy


In absolute emergency situations such as running out of air, a panic situation or entanglement, a buddy is an immediate source of life-saving help, without which the consequences could be life-threatening. Also, two brains are often better than one in navigational challenges!

On charter, you should always stay within visual sight of your dive guide. Lahaina Divers dive guides wear a bright yellow rash guard to make this easier.

Final thoughts

Don’t let something like the passing of time keep you from doing something you love. Remember the feeling of submersing in the ocean and letting the above water cares float away as you explore a whole other world.

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