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SCUBA Diving Tips for the Inexperienced

By Edited Apr 11, 2014 0 0

SCUBA Tips to Get you Diving Like a Pro

SCUBA Tips to Get you Diving Like a Pro

     The tips included in this article are designed to help an inexperienced SCUBA diver develop his/her skills more quickly while going through the skill tests.  This is the advice that is not part of the course, but the advice that makes diving so interesting and engaging.  Having these tips in the back of your mind when you go for your first few dives will help you to learn skills faster.
     Be very patient.  Many inexperienced SCUBA divers will try to adjust to rapidly during their first few dives.  Rapid adjustments lead to uncontrollable results when SCUBA diving.  Over adjusting the buoyancy control devices (BCD) is a common example.  The fresh diver will see their instructor go deeper as they release air from his/her BCD.  They want to keep up so they rapidly release air and end up sinking well below the instructor.  An experienced diver would release air at a moderate controlled level.  Experienced divers act patiently and aren't worried about keeping up.  Diving is a very relaxed and patient sport.
     SCUBA diving is all about using as little energy as possible.  The inexperienced diver will be kicking and using their arms for movement.  This will cause them to use far more oxygen and have a shorter dive.  Try to use only your feet to move you in the water and use them only in the most relaxed and smooth motions.  Diving is not an athletically intense sport.
     Adjust your buoyancy naturally by using your lungs.  One of the best aspects of diving is that you can control your buyoancy simply by breathing differently.  You can breath at "the top of your lungs," which means that you take small breaths with your lungs full; or you can breath at "the bottom of your lungs," where you take small breaths with your lungs mostly empty.  Both feel uncomfortable at first but both grow comfortable quickly.  It's an excellent feeling to sink and rise along the sea floor simply using your lung driven buoyancy.  This really makes you feel one with the ocean.
     With these tips on your mind you will have a more productive time learning to SCUBA dive.  Most instructors don't around to mentioning these things as they are not critical.  All instructors are aware that these tips make for more enjoyable dives.
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