Conserve Air While Diving
One of the most common questions divers have is “how can I conserve air while diving?” There are a few reasons for wanting to make your air supply last longer while scuba diving. Some of them include longer dives and the ability to see more of the amazing marine life that lives under the surface. If you’re a novice diver eager to spend more time experiencing your dive adventure, take a look at these tips to help you conserve air while scuba diving.
Focus Your Breathing
While scuba diving, it’s important that you breathe properly by taking longer and deeper breaths. By doing this, your body will be able to absorb more oxygen and help you breathe easier while underwater. Also remember to never purposely hold your breath or expand your lungs beyond their capacity. Instead, pause for one second after taking a breath and be sure to exhale fully. Pausing briefly in between breaths will allow fresh oxygen into the lungs while exhaling fully will eliminate carbon dioxide in the lungs. So, be sure to take slow, deep breaths while scuba diving, and you’ll surely conserve more air.
Practice Buoyancy Control
Buoyancy control is a diver’s ability to control their rate of descent and ascent in the water to maintain a consistent depth in the mid-water. By constantly having to add air to your Buoyancy Control Device (BCD), you’re taking away air that you could be using to breathe. Also, having to use more energy to descend or stay near the bottom of the ocean will lead you to be over-extended physically which will in turn require you to breathe more. However, buoyancy control will help you save energy, decrease the amount of times you inflate or deflate your BCD, and will help conserve your air consumption.
Fins Will Make a Difference
That’s right; having the correct pair of fins will indeed help you conserve air while diving. Fins are used to help propel you underwater so that you can move more freely and with greater ease. By utilizing an efficient pair of fins you’ll use less energy to move underwater which as you learned earlier, will help you use less air.
Swim Slow and Steady
Another way to conserve air while diving is to keep a slow and steady pace while swimming underwater. This is because you use more energy when you increase your swimming speed which means you’re also using more of your air supply. By allowing your body to relax at a comfortable swimming speed for you, your breathing will stay constant and you’ll be able to dive for longer periods of time.
Limit Your Resistance
This air conservation tip is all about making you more hydrodynamic while scuba diving. By keeping scuba gear and other equipment close to your body, you’ll be able to decrease your resistance in the water. It’s best to limit the amount of equipment you use and keep it tucked away in order to create less drag. You should also keep hands by your side, swimming mostly using your fins in a horizontal direction.
Check for Leaks in Your Equipment
If there are any leaks in your scuba gear, then you could be at risk of losing valuable air. For you to maintain normal oxygen levels, be sure to check O-rings, Submersible Pressure Gauges (SPG), inflator hoses and regulators for any mild free-flowing air. If you notice any leaks or problems with your equipment then you should have it checked by a professional, and replace any broken or damaged gear.
Use Your Snorkel on the Surface
Rather than using up all of the air from your regulator, use a snorkel when swimming on the surface of the water. This way you conserve the air in your tank and save it for when you really need it below the surface. We suggest purchasing a folding snorkel which will be easy to conceal and store away while you’re diving.
The best way to practice making your air supply last longer while diving is to continually dive using the techniques we’ve suggested. By practicing your buoyancy control and focusing your breathing and maintaining a steady speed all take time to master and perfect. But with practice and continued diving experience, you’ll be a better diver and you’ll be able to make your dives last longer.
Connect with Reef House
If you’re getting ready to plan a dive vacation, be sure to connect with Reef House Lodge! Our lodge is located on the East side of Roatan that offers exclusive and affordable diving trips to some of the more remote diving sites found in Roatan. If you’re looking to plan a Roatan dive vacation where you can indulge in the beauty of coral reefs and the marine life that inhabit them, then connect with one of the best dive resorts in Roatan today!