Must Know Basics of Scuba Diving

Scuba Diving

Scuba is a sport and a form of underwater diving. It is done for both professional and recreational purposes. There are also competitive events with regard to scuba. There are different levels in scuba just like any other sport. No matter whether you at the beginner level or the pro level, there are certain basics as far as scuba is concerned and every single person who has something to do with Scuba must be aware of it. Scuba might seem easy, but there involves a lot of risks and stepping into the water without knowing the basics is close to killing yourself.  So here are some of the must know basics of Scuba diving.

Scuba Diving

Pre-Dive safety check and 5 point descent:

These pre-dive techniques are going to be very important. The trainer, guide or the person in-charge will have to take care of all those things. He makes sure that the divers are carrying the tools and equipment that are required underwater. The 5-point descent is done to make sure that the members are ready to dive-in safely without any hindrance or problem.

Mask Clearing:

Now this is going to be tough initially. But by constant practice and training, you can learn to clear your mask even under water. In the beginning stages the diver will have to get to open air to clear his mask but as days go on the diver becomes equipped to stay underwater and clear the mask.

Hand signals:

Talking becomes completely impossible under water. Though there are water proof gadgets available today they might not be as handy as expected. So the best way to communicate under water, especially in case of emergency is to learn the hand signals accurately. Learning the hand signals will help the divers to communicate quickly and accurately.

Frog Kicking:

Though most divers even the beginners know how flutter kicking, frog kicking superior to that. Gradually the divers can learn to improve their efficiency in frog kicking. This technique helps the divers gain better control over water. It is also a technique which enables maximum movement with minimum effort. Since it is more convenient and effective, once divers master this technique, they hardly return to the flutter kicking practices.


In most of the cases, divers do not lose their regulator underwater. However, if something of that sort happens there are only two obvious option, the diver has to either recover the regulator or switch to back-up. But the largely prescribed option is to recover the regulator. It is hardly going to take a minute or two if you are aware of the tricks.


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