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12 Dec Scuba Diving: 10 tips that will make you a better diver.

From blue turquoise lagoon, to passes, to sea cliffs to undiscovered sites, the underwater world of Saint Brandon has a lot to offer and to discover! Sharks, turtles and rays always come around with curiosity to observe divers. Welcome to a new diving adventure in an uncharted destination!

All the diving sites are very lively and colourful. In terms of tropical fauna, you will have the opportunity to discover Parrotfish, Triggerfish, the Babone which is a unique fish at Saint Brandon and some interesting species of nudibranch. Manta rays have been spotted in St Brandon, with some luck you might come across this beautiful giant and inoffensive creature. Pelagic fish as big tuna, kingfish, barracudas are common on all dives.

Due to the isolation of this destination, for security, all our dives are done in average as from 10 to 20 meters to avoid any risk of decompression. Moreover, we had found that life is really abundant in these depths.

Here are ten tips that will make your diving experience more enjoyable make you a better diver in general.

1. Stay Alert 

Too many people are happy to simply follow a divemaster (DM). This is a big no-no! Your dive and safety is your responsibility. What does this mean? Always keep in mind where the boat is, where your diving mates are, how much NDL is left and how much air you have left in your tank. You should be able to continue your dive without the divemaster (this is an extreme example).

2. Check Your Equipment 

Before you go diving, make sure that you verify the integrity and safety of your equipment.Warning signs of faulty equipment include broken buckles, strange smelling/tasting air, air leaks, and a jumping needle on your air gauge when you take a breath out of your regulator.

3. Foggy Mask

In case you have a new mask to go diving or even snorkelling, rub toothpaste on the inside to reduce fogging. If it isn’t then you can spit on the inside to reduce fogging for better visibility underwater.

4. Avoid sunscreen/suncream 

When diving, you should avoid wearing sunscreen when diving. It can be toxic and extremely damaging to the coral reefs. Instead, use a rash vest or diving suit to protect your skin from the sun.

5. Hand Signals 

Don’t forget, you’re underwater and can’t speak. Communication is a vital aspect when diving whether it’s to point out something of interest or to indicate the amount of air you have left. You should practise hand signals to efficiently communicate under water. Take a moment before the dive to refresh your memory with your DM and mates.

6. Buoyancy Control

Just before you get diving, always perform a buoyancy check at the surface. We can assure you that if you struggle with buoyancy throughout the dive, it will be a miserable experience. We suggest to give yourself a big hug underwater, yes it not only feels great but it also squeezes out any residual air your BCD (buoyancy compensator), thus improving buoyancy control.

7. Stay Horizontal, Not Vertical

It’s best to remain horizontal underwater to reduce drag and improve finning efficiency. This will ensure that you propel yourself forwards and not upwards, helping you save energy and use less air.

8. Dive With Mates

Diving isn’t a sport for the lone ranger. You’re much safer diving with a partner to keep an eye on each other. It’ll most likely keep you out of harm's way and also increase your chances of not missing anything. Remain within a couple of metres of your buddy at all times underwater.

9. Learn to say NO and AVOID Peer Pressure

You’ve come a long way, at significant expense for a holiday. Your friends are excited and pumped about the dive. But the diving conditions or the dive site makes you feel uneasy. Sound familiar? Most people will keep their stress/fear to themselves and make the dive. Only dive if you are feeling comfortable and confident to make a dive. There isn’t a single dive that’s worth risking your health and that of others around you.

10. Relax and Enjoy the Moment 

Take it easy, slow down and relax. Immerse yourself in the experience of diving and simply focus on steady breathing. This reduces air consumption and improves the chances of seeing something cool in the dive spot. Unsettled and agitated divers can easily scare of marine life and are less likely to appreciate the fauna and beauty of the ecosystem around Saint Brandon diving sites.

There you have it, 10 tips that will make your diving experience in Saint Brandon enjoyable and make you a better diver overall and we’re certain that diving in Saint Brandon will a once in a lifetime experience that is on every divers bucket list. So get out there and enjoy the dive!

 

Obligatory legalese – this article is geared towards certified divers and is not intended to replace actual instruction. Also, the content is inherently general – since we are not there to personally supervise how you, we cannot guarantee that you’ll be able to do them safely or if there are any specific conditions that apply to you which might make practising any of the skills or concepts in this article hazardous to your health. So whatever you do, you do at your own risk. In fact, you should assume that anything you read on the Internet is extremely bad advice and ignore it. We are not responsible for any injuries that may be caused.

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