Have you ever had to cut a dive short because you ran out of air? Try these air scuba diving tips on your next dive to help you reduce your air consumption.
Maybe your buddy is frustrated because he always has more air than you, yet he has to cut his dive short too. However, all is not lost.
While your scuba air consumption should improve with time, there are some steps you can take now to make that tank last longer and conserve air while you are scuba diving.
Now that's a lot of air. Let's make it last longer.
Try these air scuba diving tips to increase the length of your dive:
Have you noticed if you are on a week long scuba dive vacation you use less air at the end of the week than you did during your first dives? It's a function of being more comfortable and relaxing under the water.
So more dives under your belt is probably the biggest thing you can do to reduce air consumption. OK, that being said, here are some other air scuba diving tips you can use in the meantime:
Keep your hands out your side or held in front of you (or whatever position you are comfortable with). You don't need them to swim for the most part so don't use them. Just move forward with your fins. If you are on a drift dive you usually don't even need those.
Look at the experienced divers and divemasters. They just float along and barely move.
That is what you are aiming for.
Concentrate on your movements while underwater - and then stop those movements. No fidgeting allowed. You scuba air consumption will improve.
Tim checking his tank of Nitrox in Bonaire.
This has the added benefit of not damaging the coral from dangling equipment.
If you are not properly weighted you will be putting air in the BC, letting air out of the BC and struggling to stay at the desired depth. Obviously, this is not the way to conserve air.
If you have problems with this skill, see our page of tips on buoyancy control.
If you are concerned about your dive being cut short, you can always
ascend a few feet above the group so you will use less air (remember
this principal from your certification class?).
I hope these air scuba diving tips will increase the length of your dive. Just remember to try and relax and keep your movements to a minimum. As you get more dives under your belt, you should see a decrease in your air consumption rate.
This isn't a competition, so just go out there and enjoy.
For even more tips on conserving your air and making that tank last longer, check out our special report "Stop Sucking Up Your Air". Click here for all the details.
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