Best Breathing Technique While Scuba Diving

It is obvious that we should all breath underwater from our air sources. But what should be the frequency and/or duration of each inhale and exhale while scuba diving? Most common mistake is to breath just like you do on land. There are some points in breathing through an apparatus. If you inhale normally (like you are doing right now) while scuba diving, you will get tired and consume your air faster (you can read my Using Less Air While Diving article). I admit that we, instructors always say to “take a normal breath underwater“. However, we actually don’t mean that a diver should breath just like he/she does on land, but mean that it is still easy even under the water. This makes the diver (candidate) to feel better prior to enter the water. Below is the best breathing technique while scuba diving that will make you feel much more comfortable, maximize your bottom time and save your air… [Read more…]

Decompression: Sickness or Illness?

I am always asked about these two terms when I meet non-divers or in my Open Water Diver classes. It is known that “decompression” is something bad and related to diving. It is one of the topics everybody is familiar, however minority of them really know what decompression is. In most languages (in Turkish for example), “illness” and “sickness” refer to the same word. But in fact, decompression sickness and decompression illness are different but related. [Read more…]

Go Deep: Trimix Diving

Have you ever thought about diving in extreme depths like 100 meters? Let’s make it 200 meters? The deepest dive approved on the world was made to 318.25 meters (1044 ft) by Nuno Gomes. You can read my article about this dive from here.  But how diving to these depths can be possible? For non-divers, the answer can be pretty quick: “divers have air sources with them, so they can breath and dive to which ever depths they want to.” But in fact, this is not the case. If you know a little bit about diving, you can answer this a little bit different like “this depth can be reached if you have more than one air source (more diving tanks) and physical condition.” These are quite right but there are other serious factors when we talk about really deep dives. [Read more…]

A Diver Fell on Me?

I’ll tell you an extreme dive accident story today. We have all heard about different kind of dive accidents but I am sure you haven’t heard such a dive accident story like this one. I want to tell you this story because I want all the divers on the world to take a lesson and become more careful in such a position. I advise you to read this article carefully and imagine yourself in such a condition. I am waiting for your comments at the end. [Read more…]

Ear Pressure: Equalize’em!

260201_513618305372517_378627471_nEspecially potential divers who are making “try dives” without scuba in a pool or in shallow water, has the fear of “hurting ears“. When I meet with people and tell them that I am a professional scuba diver, their first question is “don’t your ears hurt while diving?” This is a typical but important question. Every diver should know how to prevent their ears hurt. Don’t worry, there are several solutions to avoid this situation. In my article today, I’ll talk about the “ear squeeze” and “equalization“. [Read more…]

Buoyancy Underwater: Tips for Perfect Buoyancy

Non-divers who want to be a scuba diver one day naturally don’t have any idea about the buoyancy underwater. Because when we swim, we don’t need any balance or buoyancy, our body does it all! But this changes when we use a scuba diving suit, a tank, weights and a bcd. All these equipment make a diver to get unbalanced both underwater and on the surface. This is something unguessable unless you have experienced scuba diving once. The National Geographic Channel doesn’t show inexperienced scuba divers without perfect buoyancy on their documentaries. Thus, an arm-chair explorer thinks that when scuba divers jump into water first time, they have buoyancy underwater naturally, without any aid, just like a baby newborn gazelle walking after just a couple of minutes from the birth. [Read more…]

Using Less Air While Diving

Using Less Air While DivingThis is the topic that especially beginners in scuba diving ask frequently. We dive, because we want to see underwater habitat and to feel the freedom. The more we stay underwater, more time we have for these. Having a good air usage underwater is a mixture of several parameters. And a diver should be patient in order to apply these parameters and start to take concrete results.  I have listed 10 tips for using less air while diving.

Take notes and try to apply these in your next dive if you are complaining about your air usage. Read and understand each of these topics. Your air usage will never be like before.  [Read more…]

Rescue Diving Course

Last weekend, I had the Rescue Diving Course (SSI Diver Stress and Rescue). Recue Diving Course in every dive agent (system) requires a little bit endurance. It was a hard and tiring weekend for my new rescue team.

For two days, starting from the saturday morning, all we have done was to work on diver stress on the surface and underwater, underwater search techniques, finding an unconscious diver undertwater, getting the victim on the surface, air breathing on the surface while towing the victim and carrying the victim out of the water to the shore/boat.

In these two days, we have swallowed some sea water and got tired a little bit, but the result was awasome. Here is our rescue diving course… [Read more…]

Open Water Diver Course

Okay, last week i didn’t have my best week in my office. In fact, it was some of my worst weekdays in my career. However, on 17-18-19 of April, I was making the academic sessions of SSI Open Water Diver Course with my new students from Izmir University of Economics, Underwater Student Club (they call themself; Deco). And my escape from a really bad “office-weekday” was this after 6 pm for three days. [Read more…]

New Underwater Navigators

Last sunday, I was in the seas with my students. We had two great pleasure dives (20 meters, 32 mins and 18 meters, 35 mins, 2 hours of surface interval inbetween). The weather wasn’t that sunny, but went well. In addition to these wonderful boat dives, I had the SSI Underwater Navigation Course. Here is my day.  [Read more…]