Guest Post written by Austin Jacob
Air preservation is a topic that’s completely ignored by scuba diving beginners as there are so many other things for them to focus on. After learning the basics, it’s extremely important for divers to learn proper air preservation technique so they’re able to get the most out of their dives.
Tip #1 – Get Proper Fins
Having fins that are comfortable yet efficient is vital to saving energy when diving. By using the correct fins, you’ll get the most force out of your thrusts allowing you to dive for a longer period of time. I’d recommend trying out a few different fins and then make a purchase when you find ones that work well for you. Read this guide to learn more about some of the top scuba diving fins out there.
Tip #2 – Don’t Use A Regulator On the Surface
This is another common beginner mistake that wastes relevant levels of air. If you’re swimming to a dive site or back to your boat on the surface, there’s no need to breathe out of a regulator. Instead, just use your snorkel which will allow you to be faced down.
Tip #3 – Have a Controlled Breathing Pattern
We know this may be tough for a beginner, but this is one of the most effective ways to save air. While you shouldn’t ruin your dive by only focusing on your breathing, make a conscious effort to take deep and full breaths while diving.
Tip #4 – Dive Shallow When Possible
Remember during your PADI pre-book work where you learned the deeper you go, the more air you use? This is due to the way water pressure effects oxygen intake. To save a small amount of oxygen, consider diving as shallow as possible when it makes sense. Obviously, if the dive site is deep you’ll have to go that level, but if you are doing a swim on the way there, consider going a bit shallow.
Tip #5 – Have a Plan
If you’re trying to have long and fulfilling dives, it’s key to come up with a plan with your dive buddy. This eliminates any waste from confusion. By following a strict plan, you’ll know exactly where and when to do certain things. Don’t underestimate how much air this can save.
After reading this post, we hope that you are able to get a few extra minutes to your future dives. This is stuff that I added to my dives shortly after achieving my first certification and has contributed to some great experiences. What’s your favorite tip in this post? Let us know in the comment section below.
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