Being a great diver isn’t about how many dives you’ve done and where you’ve done them; or how fantastic your buoyancy skills are and how long you can dive on one tank of air.
Great divers are people who care for their buddies, care for their marine environment and who are considerate towards other divers at all times.
Do you think you can become an even greater diver? Why not check out these 10 handy hints…
- Be careful not to bump into other people under water – try to keep at least an arm’s length away from other divers and take care to keep away from their fins.
- Be aware of other divers around you and try not to swim directly in front of them by suddenly changing your direction. Look around before darting about!
- Try to keep your hands tucked in and don’t swim using your hands – keep them either in front of you or at your side. This way you will conserve air and stand less of a chance of knocking someone’s mask off their face.
- If another diver is looking at something that you’d also like to see, position yourself beside them instead of above them without crowding them – so that they know you are there and can make sure that when they move away, you won’t crash into each other.
- Keep your hands to yourself. Many sea creatures such as sponges, anemones, corals and sea fans are very delicate and can easily be harmed by touching. Fish have a protective layering on their skins and you can remove this through touching, leaving them unprotected and susceptible to infection. If you need to put your hand down somewhere, please make sure it is an open piece of rock where nothing can be damaged.
- Interacting with wildlife can be an exhilarating experience. However, seek these interactions when the animals approach you (such as an inquisitive Sevengill Cow Shark, Potato Bass or Dolphin), rather than chasing them or deliberately trying to handle them. Chasing after marine life can stress them and stressing certain creatures such as puffer fish to make them blow up can make them easy prey.
- If you are taking photographs, either take your photos before the rest of the divers reach you and then move away and don’t hog whatever it is you are taking a photo of; don’t push the other divers out of the way to take a photo of whatever they are looking at; but wait for them to be finished and move away before going in for your shots.
- If someone in your group is taking photographs, please allow them the time and space to take their shots. If you are curious about what they are taking pictures of, or would like to take a photo or two of the same creature, keep your distance and wait until they are done to move in for a closer look.
- If you see something really unusual, interesting or beautiful, show it to the divers closest to you. Sharing the experience underwater, as it happens, is far more rewarding than telling everyone about it on the boat afterwards. Diving is a bonding experience and those moments shared are what diving is all about!
- Don’t remove anything from the ocean – and especially not shells. Even items you might consider trash, such as glass bottles or plastic jars, as many marine animals quickly make these items their homes. If you see something growing on it, please leave it where it is. Please, however, pick up plastic bags as these are harmful to many creatures, including turtles, who often eat them, mistakenly thinking they are jellyfish – one of their favourite types of food!
Why not sign up for one of our specialty courses today? You’ll get more experience and knowledge whilst doing some really interesting dives, and will definitely become an even greater diver!