Learning how to control your buoyancy is one of the fundamental skills to master as a scuba diver. Having better control will translate to more efficient air control, which means more air for you to use underwater, and more time to explore. Mastering buoyancy control also allows you to dive safer as well, as you’ll be minimizing the risk of scraping against corals or sharp objects as you dive. In this article, we’ll give you tips on how to better control your buoyancy.
Calculate your weight
One thing you should know by memory as a diver is your body weight. With that memorized, after adding on the weight of your dive suit and other equipment, you can easily calculate your overall weight. You don’t have to be pin point accurate, but having a general idea will help you master your buoyancy.
Check your weight and buoyancy
This is a crucial step that dive instructors usually teach you at the beginning of your training. Once you are familiar with your weight together with equipment, you need to check if you are properly weighted to safely navigate underwater.
Learn proper control
When you are neutrally buoyant, you can actually make micro adjustments to your buoyancy by learning to control your breath. A slightly deeper breath than normal will help you rise slightly, and releasing your breath will take you deeper.
Distribution of weight
One of the best traits of a properly trained diver is being able to hover at a certain depth. This is achievable by having perfect weight distribution. If you find yourself falling forward or rolling, then you need to fine tune your weight distribution.
We hope these tips are useful for our fellow divers! We have other cool tricks to teach you if you dive with us. So, feel free to reach out to us at Blue Season Bali for your next diving trip in Bali.