LESSONS FOR LIFE
you Q Seek make training a gear- with configuration equipment: Any change, time especially when it is significantly different from your personal experience, seek training. Don’t just assume you can figure it out.
Perform a buoyancy check: When you change your gear configuration, don different exposure protection or change diving environments, take a couple of minutes to perform a buoyancy check to make sure your weight is correct.
Monitor your air supply: It’s easy to become distracted on a dive, by equipment, photography or simply the beauty of the scene. But don’t forget your fundamentals. This also goes for never holding your breath.
Experience in the environment, not just experience: Too often divers become overconfident with their personal experience but fail to realize a couple hundred dives in a lake doesn’t qualify them for a shore entry through ocean surf. Or dives in warm clear water don’t carry over to dark cold water on a shipwreck. Seek local advice or guidance in an unfamiliar environment.