HINTS AND ADVICE
Introducing a new series for 2017 which aims to offer tips and tricks to improve your diving techniques and get you diving like a pro
A new series for 2017, Hints and Advice will offer divers of all levels practical tips on how to dive like a pro.
When you first start diving, you can only marvel at the ease with which your instructor glides through the water, effortlessly maintaining their buoyancy, and seemingly sipping their gas supply. Over time, skills develop and advance, but in this new series, we aim to bring you some hints and tips from diving professionals which will dramatically improve your diving, help you master some of those skill sets, and have you in the water as one of those people others want to emulate in no time at all. Each month, we will focus on particular aspects of diving, be that buoyancy, trim, finning techniques, mask clearing, equalisation, gear set-up, etc, as well as delivering up some top tips that you can also add to your repertoire. To kick things off, Richard Somerset, Territory Director for PADI EMEA, offers the following general advice: “Make sure your equipment fits properly and is well maintained - baggy wetsuits, leaky masks and ragged BCDS don’t cut it! Good quality kit looks great, but it will also make your diving experience much more enjoyable. For example: you’ll find that you are much more stable in the water if you have a BCD that fits you correctly, and that good quality fins make moving through the water easier and more efficient. “Carrying a torch - even on day time dives - will enable you to bring out the colour on a dive site, whilst a proper kit box to keep it all in at the end of the day makes you look organised and professional (and avoids damp kit all over the backseat of your car). “Go slow and steady - you’ll see more, find it easier to control your buoyancy and your air will last longer. Try using frog kicks rather than ‘flutter’ kicks. They’ll reduce the speed at which you are moving, and make you more balanced in the water. You’ll probably notice that virtually every PADI Pro you see swims like this! “Don’t forget to tuck your arms away - either fold them, or clasp your hands together in front of you. Unless you are Michael Phelps, swimming with your hands won’t help - you also risk damaging aquatic life around you and punching your buddy: not cool.”