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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