Top Diving Mistakes
Everyone starts from being a beginner at something. Smart beginners learn about some common mistakes that their fellow rookies tend to make and develop their skills at a more rapid pace than others. In scuba diving, regardless of how often the instructor gives explanation, some rookies are persistent at making the same mistakes. Avoid the following blunders to master basic diving skills and advance your level.
1. Skipping Buoyancy Check
A good dive actually starts on the surface way before even leaving the dive center. Never underestimate proper preparation, double checking the equipment, and a healthy body. One of the most basic preparations is to do buoyancy check. If you dive infrequently, and probably not as often as you want, it is possible for your body to gain or lose weight. This is why your buoyancy control may need to be adjusted accordingly. Wrong weights can cause either waste of energy or out-of-control ascent obviously the second is more dangerous due to the risk of decompression sickness. Skipping a double check on equipment is also a big mistake.
2. Air Over-Consumption
Air, the breathing technique and the quality standard of your diving regulator are really important things for a diver when it comes to air consumtion. Air consumption should be checked often during the dives. The air gauge is designed to be easily readable, so diver knows when it is time to start the ascent. There is really no excuse for any diver not knowing how much air he has in his tank. It is recomended to chart air consumption after every dive in your diving logbook so the data will allow you to recognize your air consumption pattern for future similar dives.
3. Ignoring Instructions
A professional diving instructor understands the divers skills and determines the most ideal dive sites based on his/her ability to handle difficulties. During training, diving novices will come to new sites every now and then, making the training routine more exciting and challenging. We all know it is easy to get carried away by the underwater scenery, and wander around the dive site like there was only us. Some divers like to think it is actualy perfectly normal and safe as long as they have someone at their side. In OK Divers diving resort we think it is important to stick with the group and follow the dive guide so you aren't putting yourself as well as the other divers in your group at risk. One of the rules for diving in Padangbai is to leave your ego on the surface and respect your dive guide. Circumstances can be unpredictable underwater, and that is the reason why even the most experienced divers should pay close attention to their dive guide instructions.
4. Picking Up Something
Unless it is a piece of garbage or lost diving equipment components, leave everything you see underwater where it is. Don’t touch it, don’t move it, and don’t harass it. Underwater artifacts such as corals (whether dead or alive), shells, parts of a ship wreck or even underwater animals, are part of the underwater realm for you and those after you to enjoy looking at. More importantly, they all play a very important role in the vast underwater world. What you may consider a fun act can actually have a serious impact on the functioning of the ecosystem.
Scuba diving in Padangbai offers wonderful dive sites for all levels of experience. If you feel you need to practice your diving skills in calmer conditions, join us for some bubble making in Padangbai.
You might want to read also:
- How to perform a safety check before diving
- Dos and Don’ts of Scuba Diving
- Why you should continue your diving education