Sunday, July 17, 2011

3 Innovations to Keep You Interested in the Sport

Scuba Diving, Kish Island, IranImage via Wikipedia

Most people first starting to learn scuba diving tend to be overwhelmed. Of course they are pumped up with excitement and are impatient as well. We can appreciate that sentiment; however, it is critical to be informed about the essentials and their source. The issue of reliable and credible information has been brought to the forefront with the internet for obvious reasons. Sometimes even with the best intentions; people for some reason print deceptive ideas. Be sure of the foundation from which your information comes.

As covered before in other articles, you are advised to make the best use of the air intake. To most experience divers, this is a popular focus. The center of attention is on the new diver and pointing out the significance of how air is a valuable commodity. An added hint is to utilize as little activity as possible when diving. After you have a bit of diving at hand, you should try not to use your arms unless absolutely necessary. Your fins have a great deal of ability. Find a comfortable position for your arms and just let your fins do your work, and you will use less air. Some things you will hear many times, so you never forget, in your classes for PADI certification. When things are repeated many times, usually it is because what is said is important. You should never dive when you have a cold, is one of these things. Equalization issues can happen from the congestion that usually comes with a cold. If you dive with a cold, or take cold medication so you can dive, then the risk is what is known as “reverse squeeze” which can occur during your ascent. Diving might be fun, but it is also dangerous, especially if you have a cold.

All veterans will tell you that in advance of your descent into a lake or the ocean, you should begin equalizing prior to the event. The popular Valsalva maneuver is used by many divers to clear their ears out before going into the water and descending into the deep. No matter who you are, you have probably done this several times before. You simply pinch your nose, and then blow through your nose as gently as possible. It is best to do the Valsalva maneuver prior to going into the water for your dive.

What this does is helps equalize the pressure in your ears, something that should not be done while on the dive itself. So before you go under, do this technique, and you will have no problem equalizing the pressure in your ears. To make scuba diving safe and enjoyable, there are many rules and regulations, as well as safety tips. We hope it is more than obvious why they exist. Yet, divers routinely discover they can shave corners here and there for various reasons. Once a situation falls apart, and you find yourself in a deadly situation, it is quite often too late to overcome the shortcuts you have taken.

Thanks to Scuba Diving

Kathy Dowsett
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