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November 26, 2013

5 Ways to Make Relaxed Dives

We are all diving for pleasure.

So scuba diving should be fun and relaxing.

If we can ‘avoid stress‘, we can feel both comfortable and self-confident.

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To be able to avoid stress, we should:

  • dive with a responsible buddy
  • dive with a responsible dive center
  • make the proper preparations before our dives

Avoiding stress is important to make relaxed dives, but not enough.

There should also be ‘ability.

To be able to have ability, we should:

  • have enough experience
  • have a good dive training (sharp skills)

Let’s go on with more details.

1-Dive With a Responsible Buddy

A responsible diver is the one that ‘cares’ for his/her buddy and the dive environment. You and your buddy should be a ‘responsible diver‘ in order to increase the security and decrease your stress.

Even if you are diving with a group and an experienced dive leader, whom you are directly dealing and standing near is your dive buddy.

Having a responsible buddy who has equal or greater experience than you have will also help you psychologically.

2-Dive With a Responsible Dive Center

Beyond experience, some dive centers are more responsible for the divers on the board.

Responsible dive centers‘ care about the divers who prefer to dive with them.

Care should both be direct and indirect.

Asking how you are doing‘ when you arrive the dive boat is a direct care. It sounds very simple, but it has a strong impact on divers.

Another direct care can be the rental equipment offered to the divers. Quality cannot always be the best due to the financial condition but the equipment should always be serviced periodically.

Indirect care is as important as the direct one.

Oxygen cylinder, first aid and oxygen kits available on the dive boat is an indirect care.

Dive center and the dive leaders should be experienced. This will also make you feel safe.

When you feel safe about your dive center,the only thing you will focus will be your pleasure. 

2-Make the Proper Preparations

Preparations before your dive start from the day before the dive.

You should sleep well around 8 hours.

Avoid overeating the night before. Don’t forget a light breakfast on the dive morning.

Meet with your buddy when you arrive the dive boat if you don’t know him/her already.

Learn about his/her scuba diving certification level and dive experience. If you are not comfortable with your buddy, ask the dive crew to change him/her. Don’t do it yourself, the dive crew will do this appropriately.

Agree with the hand signals and such.

Listen to the dive briefing and don’t hesitate to ask/consult the dive leader whenever you are confused.

You should be ‘empty-headed‘ when you start to dive.

Prepare you scuba unit with extra care. You should also check your buddy’s unit.

If might be inappropriate if you directly do this and/or tell him/her that you are going to check his/her unit.

Instead, simply offer to make a buddy check. You’ll naturally check your buddy’s scuba unit this way.

A small tip: If the weather is cold, wear your wet-suit first, then mount your scuba unit (it may change if you are using  a dry-suit). If it is hot in summer, do it vice versa.

This will make you more comfortable physically and thus, make you relax.

4-Have Enough Experience

Scuba School International (SSI) has the following training philosophy:

“Comfort through repetition”

I agree. 

Whatever the topic is, if you do it regularly, you improve it.

Practice makes it perfect. 

Having more dives will make you feel more relaxed.

Evert other parameter being constant, a scuba diver with 100 logged dives will be much more relaxed than a scuba diver with 10 logged dives.

5-Have a Good Dive Training (Sharp Skills)

Dive training is crucial.

If you are not a scuba diver yet, you should be conscious about choosing a good dive training.

Read ‘How to Start Scuba Diving‘ for more details about this.

Having a good dive training will both increase your safety and your comfort. 

Never imagine about diving without a valid certification. What is especially dangerous in this is that you’ll not know what you don’t know.

Read ‘Can I Dive Without Scuba Certification?‘ for more.

Even if you have already finished your training, you should go on learning. Read dive magazines, watch documentaries and etc will help you a lot.

If you don’t feel proficient, consult a certified scuba instructor and ask for suggestions.

Conclusion

Choosing a responsible dive center, a dive buddy, having a good dive training and enough experience, last but not least, making proper preparations before your dive will combine and make you safe and relaxed dives.

Being relaxed underwater will increase the pleasure gained from scuba diving.

I also advise you to read Secret Ways For a Relaxed Dive article of mine published as a guest post in scubadviser.com.

Please try these steps in your next dive and share the results with us.

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Hi, my name is Murat Demirağ. I have been diving since 1996 and teaching scuba since 2005. I wanted to share my knowledge through divewithseaman.com

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