As a beginner, how will you be able to more easily handle the situation underwater?
Looking at buoyancy in itself. It is actually the status of managing lifting and also managing the kind of gravity that you have in the water. When you come down in the water, the first time you need to empty your BCD of gas so that you can breathe out and then you will sink underwater, but if you don’t do anything else, once you started sinking a few meters and you will end sinking faster and then up hitting the bottom. We will start the diving on the beginner level in a very very shallow one and two meters depth however what we want to do is that we work with some tools for us to achieve what call the neutral buoyancy that we can be like in.
If you imagine you’re being an astronaut, there is not many people that can be an astronaut but we can be astronauts underwater so that we can be weightless underwater. One of the tools we need is that we can add a little bit of gas into the BCD and that will help us being neutral points in the water. Your lungs are actually a very important tool for providing your buoyancy underwater. If you are inhaling, you’re getting more gas in your lungs and you will ascend in the water column whereas it you’re exhaling you will get more stabilized in the water column. If you’re floating up you actually have to ventilate a little bit or gas out from your BCD either from your inflator or you use your little dump valve.
The tips here is also to take it very very slowly as every diver does underwater. You need to take it very slowly and need to do small adjustments not any big adjustments and please remember your breathing is your primary tool also so control your breathing will control your buoyancy and also giving yourself a more relaxed setting in the water. While we progress with buoyancy practice and buoyancy proficiency for you, then it’s much easier when you have the proficiency of staying in the water column of where you want to be it’s much easy later on to start working with there, for example, clearing your mask and doing other team exercises underwater once you got the platform in place and also it’s much easier and much more efficient for you if you have a neutral buoyancy to achieve a good swimming technique underwater. You could imagine yourself not having control and you’re too heavy on the water it’s very hard for you to get an efficient swimming technique.
So just short some up for the buoyancy tips and tricks’ is that use the buoyancy the BCD for your primary tool but do not forget your lungs control your breathing. That’s the key and make small adjustments and then also don’t get too worried about not getting your points to correct on the first time underwater. This will take time but it’s well worth time spend for your effort later on when you’re doing skills and things underwater and naturally buoyant it’s much easier and that’s the way we want you as a diver to develop.