Are you a newly certified diver looking for more information about scuba diving? Or, are you considering getting your certification? If so, you have come to the right place. We have gathered the best tips to help you become a better and safer scuba diver.
Better Breath Control
The first thing you should learn is how to control your air consumption during a dive. In the beginning, everything is new and exciting which can cause you to use more air. However, with a few dives under your belt, you will begin to experience better breath control on your dives. Learning how to breathe underwater and breath smoothly and slowly will help decrease your air consumption, which will allow you to enjoy longer dives.
Maintain Neutral Buoyancy
When you first begin diving, you can easily become overwhelmed at all of the equipment that is needed. You will have a BCD (Buoyancy Control Device), a scuba mask, a snorkel, a set of fins, a weight system, a pressure gauge, a dive computer and a regulator. The BCD is what is used to help you obtain and maintain neutral buoyancy. Adding air to the BCD or letting air out of the BCD should be done in small increments. When you change the air in your BCD, take a couple of breaths and kick your fins to allow your buoyancy to change. During a descent, small amounts of air will need to be added as the pressure increases to maintain neutral buoyancy. On the ascent, the pressure decreases and air will need to be removed from your BCD to help control your buoyancy.
Express Your Concerns
Most scuba divers are friendly and want you to succeed. However, you can sometimes feel pressured into doing something that you are not ready to try. Remember, you have the right to call off any dive, no questions asked. Scuba diving is a great way to push your boundaries. Nevertheless, you must ensure that you remain safe. Therefore, if anything just doesn’t feel right, speak up and express your concerns.
Professionally Fitted Mask
Your mask is what allows you to enjoy the underwater world. Visit a scuba shop and ask to have a mask professionally fitted to your face. Leaky masks and those that smash into your face are not only uncomfortable but also dangerous. If your mask is leaking, it can impair your vision and prevent you from enjoying the beautiful marine life.
Learning how to weight yourself for a dive will help you obtain neutral buoyancy. The thickness of your wetsuit can affect how much weight you will need for a dive. Instructors often tell their student that the best time to determine the weight needed is at the end of the dive when the air tank contains less air. Weights help you to become neutrally buoyant, which helps control your descent, reduces the risk of an ear injury, improves your breath control and prevents you from scraping yourself on a reef. Finally, learning how much weight to add will help you establish positive buoyancy when you reach the surface. Positive buoyancy allows you to remain afloat while you wait for the boat to come fetch you.
A log book not only logs all of your dives but can also help you determine the amount of weight you need to add to obtain neutral buoyancy. Different thickness of a wetsuit can affect how much weight should be added. When you dive in a particular thickness of wetsuit and obtain neutral buoyancy, log the weight down into your log book to refer to on your next dive.
Equalising your ears helps to prevent ear injury. During your descent, pressure can build up in your ears and cause injury. The descent line can help you determine how quickly you are descending. This, along with your dive computer, should be referred to often as you should make several stops during your descent to equalise your ears.
There are many different programmes available to help you experience more of what the water has to offer, dive into as many as possible to gain as much experience as possible.