5 Things Every New SCUBA Diver Should Know
A Scuba Diver who just stepped into diving and have passed OW or AOW have just got a preliminary understanding of diving knowledge. It is easy to make some novice mistakes, but don’t worry, all the senior divers can help rookies to improve and hone their skills. We Listed the common mistakes made by new scuba divers along with few reminders including things to avoid to improve scuba diving skills.
When we were studying diving courses, in addition to our personal installation and inspection of our diving equipment and books. Our coaches repeatedly mentioned that we should do multiple buddy checks before entering the water. Remember what is the peer check? BWRAF
- B = BCD
- W= Weight Belt
- R = Releases
- A = Air
- F = Final Check
Some divers will feel uncomfortable, but this is important to ensure safety before everyone starts diving. Some things may be accidentally forgotten, for example, the tank belts on the cylinders are not fastened, forgot to bring weight belts, etc. These mistakes, if not corrected can lead to accidents and that’s what we want to avoid. Each time you do a buddy check, you can ensure your safety and enjoy diving smoothly.
Diving beyond the ability range
It is indeed exciting to get into a new dive site or explore new areas, but also make sure you are not diving beyond your ability range. The maximum depth of OW and AOW is 18 meters and 30 meters respectively. This is the regulation of diving institutions. Don’t think that it is no big deal to exceed the maximum depth for a few minutes. Without corresponding knowledge, it will be too risky for a new diver. If the maximum depth is exceeded, the gas consumption will be increased, the limit of no-decompression will be shortened rapidly.
A new diver who was not trained for Wreck diving tried exploring a shipwreck. As a result, he got injured after coming out of the wreck. He was actually lucky he was alive. Therefore, make sure to dive within the scope of your ability and get appropriate qualification training.
Too much / too little weight
Some new divers are not quite sure why we need to manage our weight underwater. Less weight can accidentally make each diver float to the surface. Also, the lack of weight will cause the cylinder to float directly because it is empty, and it will also be dangerous. On the contrary, too many weights will make you very difficult to swim. The right weight will keep you in the water, keep the trim, and maintain the depth of 4-6 meters when you stay safe for 5 meters and 3 minutes.
There is no habit of frequently checking instruments
To develop the habit of checking the meter at all times, especially the residual pressure gauge, check it at least 5-10 minutes, and also know your own gas consumption and learn to check it yourself, instead of directly handing it to the coach or the potential guide. In addition to paying attention to your residual pressure, you should also communicate with your partners, remind each other to check the instrument, and also inform the potential guide or buddy with the pressure.
We encountered a new diver not checking his residual pressure, and asked a buddy to check the air pressure, but he reported the number to the face, the divemaster who just happened to be 0 bar on the water surface, it was really a white eye and a blacklist later. Don’t put yourself in danger. Also, don’t ignore the safety of your buddy.
Poor neutral buoyancy is a problem that every diver will experience. Especially when he is behind the coach, he wants to stop but unconsciously paste it directly, otherwise, he will swim or rise directly to the sand. In addition to more practice, pay more attention to the horizontal position of the coach and the buddy. If you are in the upper position, try to exhale slowly. If you can’t get it, straighten your body, lift the high-pressure air tube, and let the BCD air out. If you often stick to the sand, try to inhale slowly, or inflate the BCD in a point-filled manner.
Moreover, please flatten your body during the swimming process, imagine that you are a u-type, use your waist to bend your head and legs and keep your body in the trim.
About the Author: Adam is a Freedive & SCUBA instructor, he loves the water and frequently travels around. Worked in different countries with vast experience in the diving area.