Top 5 Scuba Diving Tips

Scuba diving is an enjoyable activity. However, it should be done right. Doing it right will ensure that you are safe underwater, will remain longer underwater, and continue to have fun. Here are a few diving tips to help you dive correctly and conserve oxygen.

1. Fix the tiny leaks

Even a small stream of bubbles from an inflator swivel or O-ring adds up over time, and may indicate serious trouble ahead. An unsealing mask is also another kind of leak that requires you to keep blowing air into the mask to keep the water away. This can be a source of stress, and will needlessly increase your breathing rate, thereby reducing your breathing efficiency. If your octopus does not have an easy free-flow, you may lose a lot of air quickly. Thus, detune it or mount it well so that its mouthpiece points downward.

2. Dive more

Inexperienced divers are noted for burning through their air supply at a high rate. So, one of the best tips for preserving air is to dive more often. Also, you may not be new in the game, but unless you dive weekly, it may still seem an unnatural activity for you. Diving more often makes your body adapt well to the water, and you will learn to breathe less.

3. Swim slowly

Speed costs you more energy than you might think. Swimming half as fast as you do now will make you lose less air since you learn to control your breathing and it becomes less rapid.

4. Remain in the shallow waters

Since your regulator has to supply air at the same pressure as the water, at 33 feet, a lungful consumes twice as much out of the tank than it would at the surface. And at 99 feet, you would lose twice as much as you would at 33 feet. There is no way to work around this principle, except to avoid going deeper than you have to be. In case you are transiting over an uninteresting sand flat heading to the edge of the drop-off, then do so at 15 feet instead of 50 feet. This will help you to conserve air.

5. Minimize the lead

In a situation where you are overweighted, especially when doing commercial dive jobs, you will need to put more air into your buoyancy compensator (BC) so as to make it float and be neutral. An inflated BC is larger and needs more oxygen and energy to push it through the water. Any extra weight of lead means your BC is bigger when it is inflated enough to keep you neutral.

Scuba diving is fun, but you have to ensure that you have no leaks, dive at the correct depth, and don’t swim so fast. These tips will ensure that you remain safe underwater and prolong the time you can remain in the water without problems.