Tuesday, 10 April 2007

Part 7: A discussion on diving and air consumption: Buoyancy

Mastering your buoyancy is a key skill relevant to all aspects of your diving. If you have complete buoyancy control you can eliminate extraneous movements underwater.

As water is so dense, all movements use much more energy than the same movement on land and hence use more air. Correct buoyancy also allows you to perfect the fin kick of your choice to propel you most efficiently through the water.

There are many fun exercises you can do to hone your buoyancy but something you should do all the time on every dive is use fixed visual references to give you a continual picture of where you are relative to everything else.

If you catch buoyancy lapses quickly, you spend less energy correcting them thus conserving more air.