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How To Make Your Air Last Longer

How To Make Your Air Last Longer When Scuba Diving

By Thomas Gronfeldt

Thomas started diving during college and has since been diving over most of the world: Australia, Indonesia, Iceland, France, and many other places. He is a NAUI instructor and a commercial diver, and participates in environmental and archaeological diving projects around the world.
For many divers, available air dictates the length of the dive more than any other factor. Now is the time to learn how make your air last longer for longer dives.

Your dive ends when your bottom time runs out — at least theoretically. For many divers, though, the dive ends when one or more divers run low on air. The easiest way for many of us to extend our dives is to focus on air consumption. These tips will help you get the most out of your tank.

1. Streamline
It’s simple physics: the larger your profile in the water, the more energy, and thus air, you’ll consume. Consider the difference between a bulky semi-truck and a streamlined sports car. In the water, you’ll want to be a sports car. Go over your gear setup and make sure everything is tucked away neatly, creating the smallest possible in-water profile.

2. Leave things behind
A number of divers seem to dive with the saying “it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it” in mind. They bring so much stuff on each dive that it seems like they’re carrying their entire gear bag. Often, they think it’s easier to just clip everything to their BCD than to assess their gear before each dive to determine what they’ll need. There’s some merit to this, but bringing too much gear weighs you down and increases your profile in the water. So bring the things you need and leave behind the things you don’t. And don’t forget to square it all away neatly.

3. Slow down
Diving is the lazy man’s sport, someone once told me, and there’s much truth to that. Diving is not swimming, and you’re not really supposed to get your heart rate up. So slow down — and not just underwater. Get into a relaxed mindset even before you get to the dive site; when you start gearing up, don’t rush. Don’t linger on the dive deck unnecessarily, of course, but go about things in a deliberate, calm manner.  Swim calmly and slowly underwater. The more you rush and fidget, the more air you’ll consume.

4. Breathe deeply
Note the difference between deep breaths and big breaths. When you tell people to breathe deeply, many people will forcefully inhale, filling their lungs to the brink. A deep breath should be just that, but it doesn’t have to be a big breath. To learn to breathe deeply, lie down on a firm surface, like a yoga mat or a firm mattress. Put one hand on your chest and one on your stomach. Now breathe, but try to breathe in such a way that only the hand on your stomach moves. This way, you’re filling up the bottom of your lungs, rather than the top, which is what happens when only your chest moves. A deep-belly breath replenishes the air in your entire respiratory system, rather than just part of it, as when you breathe from the top of your lungs.

5. Swim shallow
An easy way to extend How To Make Your Air Last Longer and dive time is to take full advantage of the traditional multi-level dive profile by starting your dive deep and moving to increasingly shallow water. Here, we consume less air, so simply moving shallower reduces your air consumption drastically, and with that, extends your dive time. If you’re the air hog of a group, you can, to some extent, offset this by placing yourself slightly shallower in the water column than the other divers. And just by making a habit of ending your dive in the shallows, you’ll ensure that any dive you do can be extended quite a bit.

6. Dive more
One easy way to improve your air consumption is quite simply to dive more. Most of the above pieces of advice require some practice, so diving a lot will definitely help you master them. Diving more also helps you become more comfortable in the water, which, in turn, helps a lot when it comes to conserving air.

Padi Discover Scuba Diving

Padi Discover Scuba Diving

Who should try this Padi Discover Scuba Diving experience?

Thinking about Padi Discover Scuba Diving? Have you always wondered what it’s like to breathe underwater? If you want to try scuba diving in cyprus, but aren’t quite ready to take the plunge into a scuba diving certification, Discover Scuba Diving is for you.

Easy Divers offer this program off a beach called Green bay Protaras. While this is not a scuba certification, Discover Scuba Diving is a quick and easy way to introduce you to what it takes to explore the underwater aquatic world of Cyprus .

To sign up for a PADI Discover Scuba Diving experience, you must be at least 10 years old. No prior experience with scuba diving is necessary, but you need to be in reasonable physical health.

Padi Discover Scuba DivingAre you ready to try it out?

Contact Us for Discover Scuba Diving experience on your next holidays in Cyprus.

 What will you learn?

You going to learn the basic safety guidelines, rules and skills needed to dive. Easy Divers will be guided you with one of our Trained Padi Scuba Professionals. That mean under our direct supervision of a PADI Professional. You will be making an open water dive, that means you’ll practice a few more skills in shallow water to prepare for your scuba adventure.

We will cover all you need to know about:

  • scuba equipment you use to dive and how easy it is to move around underwater with your gear.
  • Learn about different fishes and turtles you will during your dive.
  • Find out what it’s like to breathe underwater.
  • Learn important skills that you’ll use during Padi Discover Scuba Diving.
  • Have fun swimming around and exploring while Discover Scuba Diving.
  • Once you have completed the Padi Discover Scuba Diving, you may wand to dive again or become a certified diver through the PADI Open Water Diver course.

How can you start learning now?

Contact Easy Divers in Cyprus, we are  PADI Dive Center. Begin your scuba experience by signing up for a Discover Scuba Diving program and get a Discover Scuba Diving Participant Guide when you arrive for your scuba lesson at Easy Divers CyprusYour Participant Guide explains the experience and lets you pre-study the safety rules and skill techniques your dive professional will review with you.

What scuba gear will you use?

Our PADI Pro will provide all the basic scuba gear you’ll use including a mask, snorkel, fins, regulator, buoyancy control device, dive gauges and a scuba tank.

When you arrive at our diving centre we will go over a Padi Discover Scuba Diving Flip Chart where you’ll  learn more skills and the gear you will need to start your adventures in Discover Scuba Diving.

Next Step

Breathing underwater for the first time is great experience and fun for all the family, so don’t wait get your scuba lesson booked!!! We have limited spaces on each day of Padi Discover Scuba Diving!