Scuba Diving Partner Basics
Scuba diving buddies are more than pals with whom you share a passion; they actually help to ensure your safety when diving. Very few people dive alone and only highly trained individuals at that. Even professional scuba divers are committed to their dive partners. But what makes a great scuba diving buddy?
Once, you've completed your scuba diving certification, you will want to go out on your first expedition and will need a scuba diving buddy. The scuba diving partner you choose should be someone you trust completely. Your life is really in their hands, and vice versa. Reliability and attentetiveness are two of the most important qualities in a scuba diving partner. You should never feel alone when diving. A scuba diving partner has to be slightly selfless because the dive isn't just about one person's enjoyment. That being said, your scuba diving buddy should be energetic. Enthusiasm is contagious. You'll also want to make sure that before you dive, you and your scuba diving buddy agree on the pace and the goal of the dive. When you're in the water, it's not helpful if your buddy suddenly decides s/he wants to do a deep dive when you wanted to do a leisurely dive.
Jim Ernst, a PADI dive master, also recommends you and your scuba diving buddy both maintain a high level of physical fitness to ensure you don't constantly run out of air when diving. He suggests maintaining a balanced workout with cardio for improving air consumption and strength training for holding heavy dive equipment. When not going on a dive, you and your scuba diving buddy can hit the gym. Try this Full Body in an Hour workout.
Dangers of Scuba Diving Alone
There is still constant debate about whether or not individuals should solo scuba diving. Many divers suffer severe consequences after diving alone including death. Only the most skilled and prepared divers should attempt solo scuba diving. Some of the risks involved include: equipment failure, entanglement, entrapment, and heart or breathing problems. These risks are present when diving with a partner also, however your partner is there to help rescue you from the consequences. SDI (Scuba Diving International) offers solo diving certifications. During these courses, divers learn self-sufficiency techniques along with equipment breakdowns. For a solo scuba dive to be safe, divers need to carry specialized equipment like a redundant air source, several signaling devices, and a large surface marker bag. It is important that a diver know all the dangers involved in any scuba diving expeditions and that they weigh the dangers against the benefits of the dive. Solo scuba dives should be of a reasonable length and depth. Pushing the envelope when under water by yourself is never a good plan.
Scuba Diving Instructor Certification
If you're passionate about scuba diving, why not share your passion with others by becoming a certified scuba diving instructor? There are many associations that offer instructor certification and instructor placements. Some top associations are PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instruction), NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors), and AUSI (Association of Underwater Scuba Instructors). These associations offer different instructor services and teaching methods. In addition, YMCAs have been leading the way in scuba diving certification by offering beginner to advanced courses in their public pools throughout the United States.
Cold Water Diving
Scuba diving technologies and wetsuit materials have evolved allowing for new types of dives. One type of dive that is gaining recognition in the science world for it's ability to help us learn about different underwater life forms is cold water diving. In the past, divers could not travel into waters near the Antarctic because the low temperatures along with the body temperature loss was dangerous for divers. Now, however, there is diving equipment that allows divers to explore the Antarctic.
Divers wear wetsuits to insulate and reduce heat loss. But in cold water, a wetsuit is not enough. Divers have to wear drysuits; a waterproof, watertight covering that contains air and is worn over another layer like long underwear. Cold water divers also wear dry gloves, full face masks and ice hoods. Cold water dives are dangerous and have to be tediously planned.