If you are a scuba diving enthusiast who has recently been certified, here are some of the top scuba diving basics to consider.

  1. Buoyancy – You need to be calm and focused if you want to master buoyancy. You will consume less air and will not damage the marine life habitats because you will not be dragging your instruments or your body on the sea floor.
  2. Controlled Descents – When you are descending to the floor, you need to do it calmly and slowly. You need to equalize the pressure in your ears as you go down. Remember, if you descent too fast, you might rupture your eardrums causing serious complications. On the other hand, a slow descent also prevents sitting at the bottom which might decrease your visibility.
  3. Clearing Your Mask – You can’t prevent water from getting into your mask. Whenever this happens, you need to follow the techniques learnt during training. If you don’t follow these procedures to the letter, you might damage the skin, break the seal and the whole mask is likely going to get bumped out of position. If you have descended with your buddy and need to clear your mask, alert them to avoid being separated for long periods.
  4. Emergency Ascents – It’s quite rare that you will be forced to ascent very fast but you should be aware of what to do whenever this happens. For instance, you might be forced to share air with your scuba diving buddy or swim in a very controlled manner as well as drop your weights before you get to the top. Before going under, you need to practice all the emergency ascents so that you are prepared whenever a real emergency happens.

Finally, when you are underwater with your buddy, you might be forced to communicate. Learn the appropriate hand signals for easier and effective communication.