Checking your air is one of the keys to a successful scuba dive. Ensure that you have a full tank of air before going deep. Take a few breaths on your regulator and see where the needle moves. If the needle drops and then drops further, it was on and is now off. If the needle doesn’t move at all and stays full, your air is on. If the needle drops down and then jolts back up, the air is not quite on all the way.
Check the buoyancy of the water by crossing your fins and leaning back slightly while holding your regulator high in the air. You should be able to float at eye level without sinking unless you fully exhale. If you sink by holding your breath without exhaling, you’re wearing too much weight.
Don’t forget to enjoy yourself and the animal life while you’re in the water. Slowly take your time. When you’re not scaring off the animal life, they come out and you’re able to better admire their beauty. Plus, you’ll get more out of your air supply. Be sure to maintain a log of everything you do, whether you’re a novice or experienced scuba diver. Much is to be enjoyed when diving and snorkeling by following a few safety precautions and remembering to take your time. Visit DNSDiving.com to learn more about diving, get open water certification, and schedule your next underwater adventure.