Buoyancy Control And Tipping For Certification Dives

by Jeff Virgo
(Peekskill, NY, USA)

I am a little concerned about my buoyancy control and what to tip for my certification dives.

I'm taking my 4 open water dives for certification in Bermuda and using a new wetsuit (which is more buoyant than a used suit). I will also be in salt water which is more buoyant than the fresh water I am used to.

I am afraid of messing up my certification by having a problem with buoyancy control.

I would be very interested, not to mention very grateful for any other words of wisdom/encouragement you can offer.

The referral dives over 2 days with 2 tank dives each day is about $400.00. Should I go with the percentage you suggested or is tipping a different rate for referral dives?

Again, thank you for your time and expertise.

Jeff Virgo

Hi Jeff,

Let me start out by saying your concerns are very common. I remember having them myself when I started diving.

So rest assured you are not alone and try not to be too anxious over the certification dives (easier said than done, I know).

As far as the buoyancy problem, the best thing to do is to talk to your instructor before you start diving.

Explain that it is a new wetsuit (I'm not sure if you had a used wetsuit or didn't use one at all; nevertheless, the concept is the same) and that you are used to diving in fresh water.

The divemaster is very used to (or should be) making adjustments for weights in students and experienced divers alike.

I see this question being asked of divemasters all the time - how much extra weight should I wear to compensate for: new wetsuit/wearing wetsuit for the first time/diving in salt water, etc.

That is what the divemaster is there for and that is what he is getting paid for so definitely talk to him. He can make adjustments from the amount of weight you were used to wearing and the new conditions you will be diving under.

Most divemasters carry extra weight with them during a dive in case a diver has a problem with buoyancy. It is easy to hand you a weight underwater which you can stick on your pocket during the dive if you are underweighted.

It is common for new divers to have problems with buoyancy control since that skill really requires experience to nail down so try not to sweat it too much.

As far as the tipping for certification dives question, that's a little trickier. There is no right or wrong here. I can only give you my opinion.

First, certification dives are different than regular pleasure dives. And the price you are paying reflects that. You are paying for a teacher and the teacher is earning more than a divemaster going out on a normal 2 tank dive with certified divers (at least he should be - and I think it is safe for you to assume that he is).

My initial thought is that you do not have to tip for certification dives for the reasons stated above. I for the life of me cannot remember if we tipped during our certification dives or not - just too long ago and my memory is not that good!

It really all comes down to you and what you want to do. I will say that I think most people do not tip for certification dives (seeing how few people tip on regular dives, I don't think this is too far off the mark).

If you do want to tip, I wouldn't go overboard. You are paying alot already. If the instructor was outstanding and you were very happy with him/her, and want to tip, I would tip in the $5/tank range.

Again, there is no right or wrong, just see how you feel after the dives.

Good luck with your certification. I hope you love diving as much as we do. It opens up a whole new world to you.

Please let us know how it goes - we would love to hear all about it.

Above all - Relax and Have Fun!

Hope this helped.

Dianne

Comments for Buoyancy Control And Tipping For Certification Dives

Average Rating starstarstarstarstar

Click here to add your own comments

Rating
starstarstarstarstar
Tip your dive professional
by: Claire

Always tip your divemaster / instructor!! Most of them barely earn enough to break even each month and are heavily dependent on the tips they earn. Dive tips vary widely and there are several factors to take into account. First and foremost being the experience you had with your dive professional. Then you can consider things like the cost of diving in that area, the cost of living etc. If you are staying at a pricey dive resort or on a liveaboard, you WILL be expected to tip handsomely. You can always ask your crew what they average then decide from there.
Safe and happy diving!

Click here to add your own comments

Join in and write your own page! It's easy to do. How? Simply click here to return to Information on Scuba Diving.



 Want to stay down longer and improve your buoyancy control and other diving skills? Our free report "Increase Your Bottom Time" along with our practical, weekly actionable tips will have you looking like a seasoned diver in no time. So come join us and see improvement on your very next dive!
(Click on the photo to join us now!)

Click here to subscribe


What's New

  1. Useful Gift Ideas For Scuba Divers Under $10

    Nov 10, 22 04:36 PM

    In this video, I share useful gift ideas for scuba divers - all under $10! Just because they are inexpensive (OK, cheap - LOL) doesn't mean they won't love them

    Read More

  2. How To Save Air Scuba Diving - Tips To Increase Your Bottom Time

    Oct 10, 22 12:55 PM

    Use these tips on how to save air scuba diving to help you stay down longer on your very dive. Improve your air consumption and get the most out of your dive.

    Read More

  3. Scuba Tips For Beginners: More Gross Facts About Scuba Diving (Part2)

    Sep 26, 22 10:45 AM

    This video of scuba tips for beginners covers some of the more unpleasant facts about scuba diving. They don't teach you this in certification class!

    Read More

  4. 2022 Scuba Diving Gift Ideas Under $10 - Buy The Perfect Present

    Sep 20, 22 02:58 PM

    Looking to buy an inexpensive scuba diving gift or stocking stuffer? Check out our picks for the best cheap (shh!) diver presents in 2022

    Read More

  5. Map of Turks and Caicos - See The Location Of These Islands

    Sep 20, 22 11:59 AM

    Map of Turks and Caicos - See our maps of these beautiful islands, including aerial view and an interactive one

    Read More