Proper buoyancy control is a must for safe diving. There is an art to buoyancy control and it comes with practice. We all get it right in the end.
Or do we?
Here are some sure signs that you need to improve your buoyancy control:
- You rely on the silt trail you always stir up to find the shot line at the end of the dive.
- You insist that you never wear fins because it makes it more difficult to walk on the bottom.
- The only place you can hover is at the surface.
- On ascents, your entire body clears the surface of the water.
- You use 50 bar for breathing and 150 bar for your BC.
- Your wetsuit has more algae on it than the rock you just landed on.
- You have kelp trailing from your pillar valve – from where you landed on the bottom on your back… in a pile of kelp.
- Ratanga Junction asks to use your dive profile to design their newest roller coaster ride.
- Your nickname is “Yo-yo”.
- Your butt and palms of your hands are covered in sea urchin spines from landing on them when you reached the bottom (pardon the pun).
- Other divers have to turn you over as you keep turning turtle.
- You are certain you went for one dive, but your computer has logged three.
- You think being neutral in the water means that you don’t fight with your buddy.
- Your buddy has a neck ache from looking upwards to find you all the time.
- Small boats of tourists appear in the area to watch you “breach.”
Jokes aside, if any of these apply to you, you might want to consider signing up for our Perfect Buoyancy Specialty course – practice makes perfect, and before long you will be flying like the rest of us