Entry techniques vary from place to place according to the dive environment. If a dive site requires entry techniques that you don't know, always get an orientation to them so you can enter (and exit) safely. If your open water dives will be from shore, your instructor will teach you the proper entries for the dive site.

The following practices are generally recommended for most scuba entries from shore:
1. Have everything on before entering the water. Depending on the environment and conditions, you may have your fins on when you enter the water about waist to chest deep.

2. As a ganeral rule, breathe from your regulator until yo're floating in deeper water. This way, if you stumble, you can still breathe, even if you end up with your BCD, switch to your snorkel to conserve air if you have a surface swim before descending.

3. If you're walking in with your fins on, walk backward or sideways and shuffle your feet. This helps you find obstructions or holes, scares away bottom-dwelling animals that could sting if you stepped on one, and helps minimize the chances of falling. In some environments, however, you may want to avoid shuffling your feet because it will disturb the visibility. Your instructor will teach you which is appropriate for your open water dives.

4. Swim as soon as the water is deep enough. Swimming is often easier than wading.

Surf Entries and Exits
Surf entries and exits require special training and shouldn't be attempted unless you have had that training. It is possible, though, that you'll enter and exit through mild surf as part of your open water dives. Here are a few simple general procedures.

First, watch the waves and note where they're breaking and how often. Do this during suiting up so you'll be familiar with the surf's pattern when you're ready to enter. As you enter the water breathe from your regulator. If wearing fins, walk backward looking over your shoulder to watch where You're going and to see on coming waves. Your buddy should be next to you, and if' ou re towing a float, it should be between you and the shore so a wave can t push it into you. The idea is to get through the surf zone as quickly as possible.