Scuba diving basics: Tips for diving in Cancun (part 1)

When learning to scuba dive there are some basic rules to follow which really make it easier to grasp the concept of diving. Once you have conquered these basics, scuba diving will be a cinch!

What is the number one rule when Scuba Diving?

Never hold your breath! Correct breathing is really important when scuba diving and this is something that your PADI Certification will cover from the beginning. Not only does it help in relaxing you but also it’s fundamental for your air consumption and it helps with buoyancy control.

Breath slowly and deeply when Scuba Diving

Something so simple and it’s one of the most important scuba diving basics. Every time you take a breath whilst scuba diving you are consuming the air from your tank. So it’s logical that if you take short gasps of air, you are going to consume more than if you breathe slowly.

Let’s get scientific! Most of the gas exchange takes place in the lower part of your lungs so it makes sense that you need to inhale a larger amount of oxygen. When diving, you breathe through the scuba regulator which is connected to your air supply, so if it seems tricky at first, it’s only a question of practice.

Scuba diver benefits from practicing their breathing on dry land. Breath from your diaphragm and your stomach should move in and out, this is how you segment your breathing to optimize oxygen intake.

Scuba Dive Slowly

What do we mean by that? Well if you flail your arms and kick wildly you will become out of breath. That means you will breathe faster and as we learned above, that’s not good for air consumption. When you learn to dive, your instructor will teach you to kick gently with your legs straight. Doing this with scuba diving gear strapped to you may seem hard in the beginning, but it’s really not, once you get used to it.

Buoyancy Control whilst Scuba Diving

Buoyancy control is the ability to float for a period of time, this could be on the surface of the water or underneath the water at any depth. It’s really important to learn to control your buoyancy, especially when scuba diving in a destination like Cancun – one golden rule is do not touch the reefs. So you need to know how to dive freely on our precious reefs, but without getting too close and accidently touching it.

Buoyancy is predominantly controlled by weights. When you complete your PADI Certification you will learn how much weight you need to be able to stay under water (and also not float back up to the surface).

Another way of controlling your buoyancy is through your breathing. By breathing slowly in and out, you will find that this affects your buoyancy. So with some practice you will realize how big of a breath you need to take and how this controls your floatability.

Scuba Cancun – As a majestic dive destination, it’s good to know this information before you either start diving for the first time, complete your open water dive certification or whether you’re just taking a recreational dive in Cancun. Why? Because some of the reef areas of Cancun and Cozumel include tunnels or narrow areas of coral reef where you have to be careful. Or if you visit the Cancun Underwater Museum you definitely want to be able to stop and take some photos in front of the statues.

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