I had to get my partner’s advice on this since he is a dive instructor.
What you need to do is become comfortable breathing through your regulator without even having a mask on. If you can just stand in the pool and get to used to just breathing through the regulator while holding your nose and then eventually to the point you can breathe without holding. Then you can try breathing in through the regulator and then out your nose.
Once you are comfortable using the regulator to breath the presence/absence of your mask won’t matter and you wont feel like you will drown. You will still be able to breathe without a mask on and therefore can take it off and put it back on if you need.
It is an extremely useful skill. I mean, my mask is never falling off, but sometimes I have to take it off to adjust it or my hair.
I hope this helps and don’t rush it- take as long as you need to become comfortable breathing.
I wanted to get my school out of the way as soon as I could. I mean, I am still young even though I have finished my degree with still lots of time to travel. My personal concern was that if I stopped or took a break from school I wouldn’t want to go back.
But if you are passionate it shouldn’t be a problem for you, and that was just me personally. I think it is a great idea to travel first- it will give you greater life experiences that going to school doesn’t offer (although it offers experiences travelling can’t give you as well!).
I took a lot of elective courses that I just personally found interesting and would be relevant for what I could possibly do in a wide range of jobs. I don’t think it is too broad, I took many courses that people majoring in zoology took. Your degree will still apply- and can apply to more specific positions as well.
I hope this helps! Happy travelling!