When you first become a certified scuba diver, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of information that you need to remember. You may end up opting for on water activities rather than being in the water, although Kiulu White Water rafting doesn’t sound so bad. Nevertheless, you do not want your qualification to go to waste! We have created the following PADI instructor list of tips for a new diver to help you become a great scuba diver. With the help of these tips, you may well be
Better Air Control
When you first begin diving, you will find that you use more air than the more experienced divers use. As you gain experience, you will learn better breath control. In the beginning, the sights of the underwater world can cause you excitement. When you are excited, you naturally breath faster. However, with experience, your air consumption will level out and you will be able to stay down for a longer period of time without worrying about using too much air.
Operating Your Buoyancy Control Device
Only small bursts of air should be added to your BCD. When you add air, wait a few seconds to see how the added air changes your buoyancy. Relax, take a few breaths and do a few fin kicks before you assess if enough air was added to the BCD. Adding air slowly to the BCD will improve your dive profile and help you obtain neutral buoyancy which will make you work less during your dive. When ascending, it is important not to add air to your BCD. As you get closer to the surface, the air inside the BCD naturally expands. Therefore, fin kick towards the surface and slowly release any excess air from your BCD.
Just Say No
If you are being peer pressured into doing something that doesn’t feel right, remember that any diver can call off a dive for any reason and no questions should be asked. Scuba diving is a great hobby to expand your boundaries. However, no one should pressure you into doing anything that you do not feel comfortable doing. Scuba diving should be an enjoyable experience; learning to say no is the first step to a safe, enjoyable dive.
A Properly Fitted Mask is Vital
A poorly fitted mask can make your whole dive uncomfortable. The mask should not smash against your face or your ears when diving and it definitely should not leak. Diving is all about seeing the underwater beauty. When your mask leaks, it can prevent you from seeing this and can impair your vision, creating a dangerous situation. To ensure your mask is properly fitted, visit a professional and ask for a mask fitting.
Learn the Weight System
One of the most common problems that new divers have is overweighting themselves for a dive. By spending time fine tuning your weighting system, you will be able to obtain neutral buoyancy during your dive. Neutral buoyancy allows you to remain horizontal without much work, helps protect against ear injuries caused by descending too quickly, improves air consumption and keeps you off the reef. Additionally, fine tuning your weighting will allow you to establish positive buoyancy at the surface which makes it easier to stay afloat. The best time to do a weight check is at the end of your dive when your tank contains less air.
Log Your Dives
Logging your dives will help you determine the best weight configuration for each thickness of wetsuit that you use. When you determine the appropriate amount of weight, write it down along with the thickness of your wetsuit in your log book. This will allow you to quickly determine the amount of weight you need on each of your dives.
Equalise Your Ears Often
Not equalising your ears can cause an ear injury. When you begin descending, it is important to stop and clear your ears often. The descent line will help you better gauge your speed during your descent and ascent. If you feel any pressure in your ears, stop descending, ascend a little bit and clear your ears before your continue your descent. Descending slowly using the descent line will help you protect your ears and master buoyancy control so that you can have an enjoyable and safe dive.
Continue to Learn
The best advice an experienced instructor can give a new scuba diver is to continue their education. As you continue your education, you will begin to master your skills. Another scuba course like PADI Adventures in Diving allows you to learn more about the different programmes and paths you can take.