Air Consumption Tips : 5 Ways To Conserve Air More Efficiently
Air Consumption tips can benefit us all. Especially the newly certified divers and the divers to be. So we thought of writing a list of handy tips to conserve air more efficiently during every dive. Having a good control over your air consumption is extremely important when it comes to diving. You get to have longer dives (with regards to your NDL) and you end up being more at ease. Because you know that your air consumption is good!
While there are many ways a scuba diver can conserve their air, we thought of making a more concise list.
Five Ways of Bettering Your Air Consumption
Breathe Slowly & Deeply
The number one thing you learn in scuba diving is to breathe slowly, deeply and never ever hold your breath. Well this is for a reason. By breathing slowly and deeply you are ensuring that your mind is calm which results in no panicky situations. When a scuba diver feels anxious or panicked they tend to breathe a lot more and end up using a lot of air in the process. However this can easily be avoided by simply breathing deeply and slowly and in turn you will end up saving a lot of air.
Use Your Snorkel
Yes, we know! Snorkels can be annoying at times. But did you also know that they can help with conserving air. On the surface, if it happens to be choppy, instead of using your regulator to breathe, it makes more sense to use your snorkel. We understand if you do not like keeping a snorkel strapped to your mask, so you can then opt for a foldable snorkel. A handy accessory that can fold up and fit in your BCD pocket.
Buoyancy, Streamline & Weights
The mark of a good and responsible scuba diver is buoyancy control. Maintaining buoyancy comes with the fact that you are not overweighted and are not constantly struggling to fill air in your BCD. Being buoyant also goes hand in hand with being streamlined. In fact, these three factors are very crucial in keeping your air consumption low! One of the ways you can ensure good buoyancy is by taking the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy course. By bettering the way you scuba dive, you can easily safeguard low consumption of air.
Maintaining Physical Health
Scuba diving is an adventure sport that requires a lot of lifting and movement. To begin with, you not only lift tanks but you also have to fight currents at times and therefore your body is constantly working out. However, if you are not already in somewhat good health, it might be hard for you to enjoy this sport to the fullest. Maintaining good health can really help when it comes to scuba diving and can help you conserve a lot more air!
Mastering scuba diving can never happen in one day. It takes a lot of diving to effortlessly dive underwater. Which is completely okay! After all, practice makes you perfect! By doing more courses and furthering your scuba diving education you are not only getting in more dives but also becoming a more confident diver in the process. All these factors do play a role in making you feel calmer underwater. As a result, this helps with keeping our air consumption in check!
Stressing out about running out of air is a waste of time. Listening to your instructor, following rules and these tips can help you feel more relaxed and improve your air consumption. However, we are not medical professionals. Therefore, we urge you to always consult a professional with regards to physical and mental health before signing up for scuba diving.
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