Scuba diving seems like a frightening activity when you see other people doing it. But, when you try it personally, you could change your point of view. If you are already a swimmer, scuba diving should be something you are willing to try. It is not only amusing to do during your free time. Scuba diving can also be a career that could make you some cash. As a diver, you could also do the nobble act of saving lives. The first step in becoming a happy and successful diver is to get rid of doubt.
Then, learn the following basic scuba dive skills and make sure you master them.
- Controlling your bouyancy
Diving is an activity that requires you to keep your mind stable, calm and focused. This state of mind is extremely necessary when trying to control bouyancy. An additional thing used by most divers to achieve bouyancy is a BCD. This refers to a bouyancy control device. It is one thing that you should have before you go diving.
- Learn how to clear your mask
One thing that will surely happen when you go underwater is that water will get into your face mask. Even if your mask has a seal, it could break and allow water to enter. So, what’s the solution? It is as easy as learning how to clear your mask. Begin by inhaling deeply via your mouth. Then, press the top edge of your face mask to your forehead. At the same time, open the bottom seal and blow hard via your nose. Slant your head backward to allow the air to blow out quickly. Clearing a mask is something you need to learn early in your diving career. With time you will get used to doing it.
- Get familiar with PADI’s emergency ascent techniques
It is a wish of every diver to get underwater and come out alive and unharmed. This doesn’t always happen,unfortunately. Accidents of all kinds can be encountered in the ocean and it is the duty of the diver to do everything to save their life. The best way to deal with unforseen accidents when diving is to familiarize yourself with the four emergency ascent techniques provided by PADI. These entail: normal ascent, alternate air source ascent, emergency swimming ascent and bouyant emergency ascent. Learning these properly will first of all help you relax rather than panic when you face a real emergency. Moreover, your understanding of the emergency ascents will help you communicate and seek help from your diving buddies.
- How to use hand signals
In the modern times, divers can purchase an advanced underwater communication device. Although this device is great to have, it may not be totally realiable in certain situations. You can have the machine and find the help you need only when you decide to use a hand signal. These are taught during preliminary diving classes. Some of these are used everywhere on earth while others are limited to your area. Hand signals can be particularly helpful if you encounter equipment failure or if there is a dangerous sea creature near you.
Finally, teach yourself how to equalize your ears as you descend the depths of the ocean. By so doing you can protect your eardrums from rapturing.