Improve Your Air Consumption While Scuba Diving
How Can I Improve My Air Consumption While Scuba Diving?
This is probably one of the most common questions our diving instructors and dive masters here at La Manta Diving Bali are asked about. It is every beginner diver’s dream -OK not just beginners- to be able to reduce their air consumption while scuba diving to be able to enjoy longer dives on your favorite dive sites in Bali and around the world. If you often find yourself to be the first one of your diving group that runs low on air, or if you are just not very satisfied with the duration of your dives fear not and keep reading, as we are ready to share with you some useful tips on how you can improve your air consumption while scuba diving.
Here Is What You Can Do to Improve Your Air Consumption When Scuba Diving
Relax It almost goes without saying that being relaxed is a key factor when it comes to improve your air consumption. If you are stressed when scuba diving your body will respond to this stress by increasing hearth and breathing rates this will increase the need of oxygen that will result in you burning up your air supply much faster.
Improve your breathing techniqueLearn how to breathe slowly and deeply. Don’t try to reduce the intake of air for each breath, this will only have the opposite effect as your body will not be supplied with enough oxygen by doing so, and absolutely don’t try to hold your breath. You can easily practice slow and long breathing out of the water.
Take your time, I know you are eager to cover every meter of each dive site, however, the slower you swim and move in general the less oxygen your body will need and your tank will last longer.
This is just physics, the deeper you dive the more air you will use, as simple as that. Diving shallower will for sure help you to dive longer.
Work on your buoyancyGood divers look sexy when effortlessly moving through the water with their perfect neutral buoyancy. A good buoyancy control is a fundamental skill you need to master if you want to use less air from your cylinder.
StreamlineBe sure to reduce the resistance of your body and equipment moving through the water by streamlining. Avoid any dangling piece of equipment (which can also result in a safety hazard) and try to swim horizontally.
Work on your finning techniqueIf you want to save air while scuba diving you will have to learn how to kick properly with your fins, there is no way around this. A proper finning technique will give you the best propulsion out of each kick resulting in a more efficient movement that will require an overall less oxygen use.
Reduce your weightNo I’m not telling you should start a diet, what I’m telling you is that one of the biggest mistake we see with divers is that they are over-weighted. Divers that wear to much weight can struggle to swim horizontally, often use their hands to keep their buoyancy and over use their BCDs while underwater. These are all elements that will make over weighted divers use up their air supply much faster.
Practice, practice and more practiceTake a diving course focused on buoyancy control, proper weighting and effective finning techniques, here at La Manta Diving Bali we offer the PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy Adventure dive during the Advanced Open Water diving course, this class covers in detail all of these elements. And again dive, dive and dive more, I am sure that you heard already the saying “practice makes perfect” well scuba diving is no exception.
We hope this article gave you some good information on how to improve on your air consumption, contact us for some amazing scuba diving in Bali, we are sure, after reading these tips, they're gonna be super long dives!