Always seen divers cruising along effortlessly like they were part of the environment, wish you could do the same, check out our 5 tips to better Buoyancy, test them out on your next Scuba dive.
Being weighted correctly is essential for good buoyancy, on your next dive do a weight check before you exit, see exactly how much you need to submerge, use 1kg and 1/2kg blocks/pouches to get it right – don’t forget to breathe out to descend. Spread your weights out and don’t forget when you change equipment such as Cylinder or suit you also may need to adjust weight.
- BCD Control
Little by little is the key, make yourself negatively buoyant then add small amounts of air while breathing be patient it may take a few seconds after you add air to start to rise. After you have it set small depth change shouldn’t make a big difference – don’t keep adjusting if you don’t need to.
To let air out of the BCD use the most logical dump, you will have several, normally at least one button with the inflate button, one at the end of the inflator hose which you pull to use, a shoulder dump and a rear dump – depending on your position in the water use the one highest on the body. Be familiar with all your dump valves how to use them ad where they are so you can instinctively dump air if required.
Don’t wear your weights too far back especially women, try to get the weight over your hips to help balance out the weight of the cylinder on your back. I recommend 50% of your weight on a belt and 50% in your BCD favouring more weight on the BCD than the belt.
Try ankle weights, they are not suitable for everyone but can help some with their position in the water.
Your lungs have a large capacity and breathing in and out is a lot like inflating and deflating a BCD, if you need to go over an object then try it by just taking a big breath, you shouldn’t need to add air to do this. In normal situations don’t breath too deeply you may find yourself having to dump air due to you just taking a really deep breath and beginning to ascend.
Remember before heading straight for your inflator try using your breath to control your position.
- Practice, Practice, Practice
You have probably heard it 100s of times, practice makes perfect, with buoyancy it really counts, the more you do it easier it gets, challenge yourself on your next dive try using breath control to go over objects, practice with your buddy, take a 1kg weight and pass it to each other trying not to change depth. Make it fun and soon it will just come naturally and everything will just fit into place then you will spend more time enjoying the underwater word and less time worrying about controlling your buoyancy.
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