7 TIPS TO BECOME MASTER OF YOUR BUOYANCY
Do you want to become a master of buoyancy? It’s not that hard. There are some tricks and advises I can give you. Here below you will find seven things that are most important in your buoyancy and position control.
And here it goes. Number 1 - Your lungs.
You have all equipment around you. Everything is prepared and you know how to control, but you’re struggling. Just remember that the most powerful control device is inside you. Average capacity of male lungs is 5.8 L of air and females lungs capacity is 4.2 L! You never fully empty your lungs, but average difference is 3 L between breath in and out. So, instead of using your bcd all the time to go a little up or down (if you do not swim straight line) use your lungs to adjust your depth.
Number 2 – Correct amount of weight.
If you have too much weight, it will be hard not only to swim, as your bcd will be inflated, but also you will be more sensitive to depth changes. Then you change depth, the air inside your bcd changes accordingly. For instance, if you have 1L of air and you go down to 10m, it will be compressed to 0.5L. So, if you go 1m up, it already be 0.55L. Imagine if you added too much weight and you need 5L of air, at 10m that will be 2.5 L. But if you change your depth just 1 meter, it will become 2.75 L. So, the difference is 5 times more! You have to release all that extra air and add again if you go down. Taking just the right amount is important. It’s more comfortable and easier to control.
Number 3 - Log your dives.
It is a really great idea to have a log book not only to remember how many dives you have done and what great diving spots you have visited. It helps you keep records of which exact equipment you used, how many weights did you have and etc. By having this habit, you will have better experience with buoyance during next dive.
Number 4 - Body position.
If you keep your body horizontally, it’s easier to swim as you have less resistance in front of you. Then you are going up and down, you have more resistance. How many times you have seen more experienced divers going straight into horizontal position after they started descending? That’s the reason why. To achieve that, you need distribute weight, so it keeps you horizontally without effort. Try to put some weight on your shoulders, higher on your back or use heavier fins!
Number 5 – Relax. Don’t rush!
Then you go diving, it’s fun and adventurous. Leave everything (except your buddy) behind and just relax. Don’t make fast moves, keep it slow and simple. Keep your stress away and enjoy conditions similar to those that astronauts have. Plan your moves of inflating and deflating. This will prevent from having stress. Think of some tasks for yourself every dive you do. For example, swimming in straight line without changing depth for 10 Bar or landing on the bottom and lift yourself again with no sand clouds. This will make you relaxed and confident in time.
Number 6 – Don’t use your hands!
Usually lots of scuba diving beginners use their arms underwater. However, using your hands can affect buoyancy, waste your energy, air consumption but also annoy your diving buddy or team. Divers can injure themselves, damage underwater environment or cause some danger to other divers by using arms. Just keep your arms across your chest.
Number 7 - Right BCD.
Right bcd can help you to get rid of some problems before they appear. It helps to keep yourself in correct position, distribute weight, adjustable to your diving and future training needs. I found that donut type bcd is much better then jacket type as it helps your stability in water as they surround tank and not push your ribs. Using XDEEP NX series bcds are comfortable with less stress to your back as they have wider top and bottom back plate that sits just right on your back. It’s very important because more and more people have problems with their lower back as we sit in offices a lot and move less. In 6 Years my own diving needs changed a lot, but I’m still using my first BCD and I’m happy that I got a good advice not to save in wrong place. You can find more info in our website www.diverlust.com