3 Ways to Improve Your Diving Skills
Scuba diving is an art. It takes a lot of preparation, training, and mindfulness in order to execute the perfect scuba diving trip. No matter whether you’ve been doing it for years or you’re just dipping your toes in the water, there is always room for improvement. There is no such thing as being too well trained or too well prepared when it comes to scuba diving.
While scuba diving is extremely fun and brings you closer to nature than a lot of other sports, it is also dangerous. We are not made to breathe water, so there are a few steps that should always be followed before going on a trip.
The constant room for improvement is one of the reasons that scuba diving is so rewarding. You can always train to go on longer trips or to go deeper. The things you can achieve by paying careful attention and training well are so satisfying. If you’re interested in stepping up your scuba game, keep reading.
1. Research Before Each Trip
Each scuba diving trip is unique. That means that there are different things you must prepare before each dive. In planning your trip, make sure to consider a few factors.
Are you diving alone or with a group? If you’re diving alone, all you need to consider is your skill level. But, if it’s a group, there might be different skills sets within the group. Always cater to the newest diver so that they do not feel overwhelmed or left out.
No matter if you’re going alone or with a group, make sure that you let a few other people know where you are going.
Where are you diving? If you’re somewhere in Florida (or anywhere diving is common in the states), the Caribbean, or along the coasts of a foreign country, the rules for diving are different. Make sure that you are checking the local customs and rules before planning.
What do you want out of the trip? If you just want to relax, maybe don’t plan something that will strain you. But if you are looking to push your boundaries, plan for that. Just make sure you’re not going too far.
2. Check, Double Check, Triple Check
You can never check your equipment enough. It’s important to know how many tanks you’ll need to complete the trip, that your equipment is all up to date, and that nothing is broken. It’s a bummer to finally plan your trip only to realize that you’re missing an essential piece, or something is not working.
Never go diving with a nonfunctional piece of equipment. You are putting yourself and (if you are in a group) everyone else in danger. No matter if it’s just a pair of goggles that have a broken back, replace what is broken. If anything, it will just cause unnecessary annoyance for you during your dive.
If you are diving with a group, it is important to check in with everyone to see how they are doing. It could be as simple as a hand signal indicating everyone is alright, or it could be a series of hand signals displaying different moods.
When alone, make sure that you are checking in with yourself and your body. You might think you can handle things, but your body is telling you it can’t.
3. Refresh your Knowledge
You can never know too much when it comes to diving. Every couple of years, you should re-enroll in a training course or review materials online. This will help you keep up to date with the latest safety techniques. There are many different trainers, including our team in Bahama Divers.
Scuba diving is something that you can never be too ready for. Don’t get cocky, the ocean favors no one. Stay vigilant and on top of the latest information. This way, you can safely enjoy all your future dives.