We teach it on our rescue courses. The majority of errors are due to divers rushing and not paying attention. A series of issues will occur… probably only small, but one at a time these will add up, resulting in frustration, nerves and then a serious matter arising. Diving should be relaxed; after all we improve our dive time under the water by being calm… breathing less. This should be something that we instil in all of our divers as an instructor, especially in the UK.
As opposed to the shorty and 2kg of lead that we may have in the Maldives, in the UK we have lots of gear, on average, approximately a 50% increase of your body weight. Divers coming to see dive sites that have 100+ dives, but have never dived in the UK waters, and those that have purchased brand new everything on their return home and are not yet quite sure how to work it… All issues and factors that we face as dive guides and instructors. So how can we reduce problems? Patience.
Patience is key to any dive. Ask any of the students that I have taught and (I hope that) they will all say the same thing. We do not rush. Spend those extra few minutes to ensure that equipment is fitted properly – that leaking mask will be very annoying throughout the dive, and we would rather that you enjoy it. Take your time, if you need to stop and take a breather on the way down to the dive site with the extra weight on your back, thats all fine too…. And most importantly, don’t get complacent; the buddy check is still important no matter how many dives you have.
It is easy to get frustrated when you are waiting, but remember… you are used to putting your dive equipment on day in, day out and numerous times a day; you should be good at it! Just don’t expect everyone else to be as proficient and quick. Some may need to take their time. If you are rushing them, you are only going to cause yourself a massive headache in the water. Make a point of making it known that you are ok waiting and that there is no rush. The dive will be a lot more fun because of it.
Tip number 4: It’s not all about speed!
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