Have you ever seen a SCUBA diver who seems perfectly at ease in the water? They glide effortlessly below the waves with minimal effort. Their gear is all squared away. They know their dive profile and stick to it. They have knowledge of the dive site, are in constant communication with the boat captain, and seem always ‘with it.’ These are the badass divers I have blogged about in the past. Not hotdogs, but intelligent and level-headed, never ostentatious and always ready to lend a hand. Have you ever been a little envious of these people for their skillset? Don’t be. You can be a better diver. Just follow these steps.
This is arguably the most essential skill you can learn and perfect as a scuba diver. What is buoyancy control? Quite simply it’s your ability to balance your weight so you don’t rise to the surface or drop to the seafloor like a rock. Neutral buoyancy is the goal, and when you can attain that, your diving will become more efficient, more fun, and a lot less effort. It is an important skill to master because it can eliminate a diver’s frustration and help with conserving the fragile ocean environment.
Learn To Conserve Air
Probably the single most frustrating aspect of diving for beginners is how quickly they run out of air, especially in relation to other, more experienced divers. It can also be a source of frustration for the more experienced divers as well because one of them might be your dive buddy. There are many ways a diver can learn to conserve air, but holding your breath is not one of them. Safe and sound ways to get better at air consumption include taking a class, getting in better shape, swim slowly, keep to shallow waters, and streamlining your gear.
Join a Dive Club
As a diver, your life will be rich with adventures and experiences. Make it even richer by joining a group of likeminded souls with the same passion for exploration! Even in landlocked areas, dive clubs flourish. By joining a dive club, you will have the Opportunity to make new friends, and diving is always more fun with friends. You will go on more regular dives instead of merely once or twice a year. Enjoy your favorite activity all year long! When you’re in a Dive Club, there are always new diving opportunities for you to try. You will get in on some great dive deals when you are in a club. Last but not least, you will have the opportunity to participate in some great diving vacations which most groups plan every year.
Learn To Protect the Environment
All outdoor sporting enthusiasts should live by a certain code of conduct. We all have a responsibility to leave nature unspoiled for the next adventurers to enjoy. Leave things the way you found them. You may not think this is especially important to your skills as a diver, but think again. Being a good diver doesn’t necessarily relate to your abilities alone. It also relates to how you conduct yourself. Things like protecting marine life, taking only photos, shrinking your carbon footprint, and speaking out in favor of conservation all go a long way in forming your ocean ethic.
Be a Good Dive Buddy
Be alert. Be aware. Be a good dive buddy. Buddy diving is one of the basic rules of scuba, and for good reason. Actually, the reasons are virtually countless. Out of air situations might be the most common problems a buddy’s assistance would be greatly needed, as well as becoming entangled in fishing line or losing your mask.
Sources: divein.com | scubadiving.com | padi.com | projectaware.org |