Many of you ask us about scuba diving tips and about how to optimize some scuba processes. For that reason, we have collected the answers in a series of two posts. Beginning with how to put on your wetsuit faster, continuing with reducing air consumption, and ending with how to get back onto the dive boat after surfacing.
In this two-part series, we offer small changes in your routines that will help you make your dives easier, longer, safer, and above all, more pleasant. More than 25 years of experience, diving daily, guarantee them. Keep reading and find our answers to your most frequent questions: These are the 7 best scuba diving tips you always wanted to know. Oh! and stay tuned, because soon we will also offer tips to control your air consumption and prolong your dives.
If putting on your wetsuit in less than 10 minutes is a record to beat, in the following lines you will find the best scuba diving tips to put on your neoprene suit quicker. Some of them are: Use a plastic bag to slip the wetsuit over your arms and legs (reuse the bag as many times as possible and then put it in the plastic recycling container). Wearing Lycra tights is a good solution for those who have problems with leg loops. Other people use specific water-based lubricants for this function. Our Course Director recommends us to put on the wetsuit having a shower or introducing an open hose inside. The water will expand the fabric so, you will be able to dress up easier.
Buoyancy control is a light headache for many divers. One of the fundamental keys to achieving it is correct ballasting and placing those weights in the optimum position. Our expert, Víctor Córdoba, offers us the best diving advice for buoyancy control in the article “3 Secrets About Buoyancy Control to Dive Like an Expert”. You can also improve your buoyancy skills with the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course. Of course, you can take it with us.
I am sure that one of the best scuba diving tips that you have ever been given is to do a safety check before each dive. The reason is that more than 70% of the problems that can arise in a dive are prevented with this routine act.
But … how can you do it without forgetting anything? Our advice is to do it from head to toe. Starting with the hood and ending with the fins, review each of the equipment parts that you find along the way.
And here we drop an extra tip: pay special attention to the regulator: Try to breathe through the two regulators (main and secondary) with the cylinder closed. If you can’t do it, then everything is fine.
In case you can breathe, it is because there is a leak letting the air through it. Be careful, because if uncorrected it will fill with water while you dive.
You would be surprised to know how many people have scuba diving equipment, just like yours. Especially if you have rented it at the dive shop. Climbing on the boat and spreading your equipment everywhere is a big mistake. Keep in mind that this act can cause accidents. But that’s not all; many people remove the things that hinder them to place their stuff on the boat. So, when the owner of that gear looks for it, they don’t find it, causing delays in the departure and frustration for the rest of the group. It doesn’t sound nice, does it?
This is one of the best scuba diving tips we can give you to avoid these situations: Be one of the first to jump in the boat, and leave your dive gear as close together as possible. If the equipment is your property, mark it with your name.
Another important point on a boat is the moment to enter the sea. It doesn’t matter if you make a giant stride or a back roll. The truth is that at that moment your visibility is limited by the mask, by the team or because you are with your back to where you are going. In other words, you won’t have a complete notion of what is happening in the water. So, the best scuba diving tip for this moment is to wait for the double OK signal of the crew and your diving partner. This way you will avoid mishaps. In the article The Dos And Don’ts On A Dive Boat you will find these and other tips to move about safely on a dive boat.
We already know that descending in free fall through the blue of the sea is one of the favorites forms of descent by many divers. But we want to offer you the best scuba diving tips so, we have to tell you that doing it following a line is the perfect way to ascend and descend. These are the reasons:
Because the descent is not dictated by the amounts of weights nor does the ascent depend on the strength of your fin kick. If there is a problem, you could even ascend by a direct line to the ship.
Because all the divers of the group descend on the same line with, it’s easier to meet on the bottom.
And above all, if there is a problem, anyone can give you air and not just your partner, since you will all be close to each other.
One of the best scuba diving tips to determine the time to return is to use common sense or what is the same: start coming back before reaching half of the air in your tank. The reason is very simple; if you continue until you reach half or exceed this point, the air that is left in the tank will not allow you to return to the collection point. Surely, you realize the dire consequences this may have, right?
In Dressel Divers we are well aware that not all divers have the strength to pull themselves up with their arms or climb the ladder with all the equipment on. For that reason, the ladder of our boats has a 45º inclination that facilitates placing the foot on the step and ascending with ease. Did you notice this detail when you dived with us?
But if you don’t dive with Dressel Divers, some of the best scuba diving tips we can give you to board the boat are:
With this last point, we have answered 7 frequently asked questions and offered 7 of the best scuba diving tips to answer them. Remember that this series of articles has two parts, and soon we will offer you the best scuba diving tips to efficiently control air consumption.
We also invite you to send us your questions through the form below and we will expand this series of articles, offering, as always, the best scuba diving tips.