Scuba diving is an incredible gift. Whether you’re an experienced diver or a new one, it’s always a great opportunity to remind yourself of the basics to make each dive great! Our latest blog covers what not to do when scuba diving to ensure your dives are fun and safe. Read along to learn more.
Not Tracking Your Air
When scuba diving, it’s easy to get caught up in your surroundings and forget to check your breathing. The underwater world is filled with beauty and adventure it’s hard not to get caught up. No two dives are alike, from marine life to water conditions. Failing to check your breathing can turn your fun outing into an emergency. Frequently glancing over your gauge will ensure that you’re good to go but also remind you to mind your breathing. Minding your breathing will allow you to maximize your trip. The last thing you want to do is use all your air before the time is up. Practicing good breathing techniques and checking your air is an excellent way to make the most of your dive.
Forgetting to Maintain Good Buoyancy Practices
As you know, buoyancy is essential in conserving your energy and air during your dives. While tricky at first, making the conscious effort to track your buoyancy will allow you to perfect it in no time. Perfecting your buoyancy will allow you to stay close to your group, maintain control, and avoid disrupting the flow of your tour and surrounding marine life.
Disturbing Marine Life
It is a privilege to be in the water and to be able to explore it in the way that scuba diving allows us to. As you’ve learned during your scuba diving training, it’s important to be as respectful as possible of marine life when taking the trip down. The basics include refraining from touching, feeding, or aggressively approaching aquatic life. Additionally, it’s important to be mindful of your fins to avoid kicking or disrupting the environment. An important and sometimes overlooked item is to check in with local regulations and restrictions. Checking in with the local rules will allow you to be as much of a responsible diver as you can be.
Not Staying Close To Your Buddy
The buddy system is the situation which occurs when two divers of similar interest and equal experience and ability share a dive, continuously monitoring each other throughout the entry, the dive and the exit, and remaining within such distance that they could render immediate assistance to each other if required. — Bob Halstead, Line dancing and the buddy system
The buddy system was created for a reason. It was to ensure the safety of you and your buddy. Staying close and frequently checking in with your partner will make all the difference in an emergency.
Not Booking a Scuba Tour with The Best
There you have it, our list of what not to do when scuba diving. If you’re planning on hitting the waters soon here in San Diego, book a dive with us here at San Diego Scuba Guide. Failing to do so will mean failing to get the best underwater scuba diving tour. We offer the finest educational and fun dives in La Jolla Cove. Book a trip with us today by calling 1-858-397-8213 or by clicking here.