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Beginner’s Guide to Scuba Diving, Part 3

January 9, 2013

Our scuba guide concludes with a final round of tips to employ during your deep-sea adventures.

Tip #8: Poor Wetsuits
An improper wetsuit lets in cold water. This is something you should look for during a checkout dive. Split seams and broken zippers are two sources of leaks. If you notice your wetsuit letting in cold water, discard the suit and purchase one that fits tightly.

Tip #9: Keep Your Suit Dry
After you have finished your dive, towel off your suit, change into regular clothes, and leave your suit out to dry. If you did not bring a change of clothes, keep your suit on after you towel it off, but wear a windbreaker or parka to keep yourself warm while the suit air dries.

Tip #10: Choose Neoprene
A synthetic rubber, neoprene is an excellent choice for wetsuit material; it maintains flexibility in a wide range of temperatures and is used as an insulation material, which will keep in heat while you are diving.

Tip #11: Be Alert for Shivering
If you shiver while underwater, get to the surface as fast as you can while keeping in mind safe ascension tips. Shivering is a sign of hypothermia. Once on the surface, change into regular clothes, get dry, and stay warm.


Beginner’s Guide to Scuba Diving, Part 1

December 2, 2010

By: Edwin Ployhart

Swimming amongst the sea’s plant and animal life can be expensive and daunting for those who have not attempted scuba diving. Follow our guide to make your first expedition as successful as all the ones that follow.

Tip #1: Proper Gear

If scuba gear could be encapsulated in one word, that word would be “tightness.” Your scuba suit should fit your form exactly. Similarly, your mask should be tight so as not to allow water to seep in, and the scope should be checked for holes to avoid leaks. Fins and booties should fit tightly as well, though not so rigid that you develop blisters. Lastly, your buoyancy compensator (also known as BC or BCD) should fit snugly to your body.

Tip #2: Air Supply

It is easy to become entranced by the colorful sights beneath the surface, but you must be vigilant of your air supply. There are certain actions that use more air and others that use less. Swim efficiently by moving slowly and steadily; flailing your limbs only wastes movement and oxygen. Take long, deep breaths, then exhale just as slowly. Finally, make sure you have enough air in your tank to allow a slow, gradual ascent back to the surface.

Tip #3: Lead Balance

Too much lead in your dive kit affects your ability to swim properly – see the previous tip – as well as your buoyancy. On the other hand, too little lead makes you too buoyant; you will find yourself struggling to keep from floating upward. Talk to a scuba diving professional to help determine just how much lead you should take on your dive.

Tip #4: Photography

Understandably, many scuba divers want to capture on film the spectacle of their dive. Even so, operating any extraneous equipment should not be attempted until you have mastered swimming, buoyancy, and proper breathing techniques.

Beginner’s Guide to Scuba Diving, Part 2 Here

Beginner’s Guide to Scuba Diving, Part 3 Here