10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

Being a gear intensive recreational activity, divers are subjected to bring all the bells and whistles needed for a dive mission. A result to which they become overweight and sink like a stone as they descent. The secret to the perfect neutral buoyancy is revealed by dive masters, dive and take a look:


10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

Thou shall find one’s weight.

Wearing the exact amount of lead is the most vital step when mastering buoyancy control, and most divers wear way too much. Check one’s weight upon the surface by floating up straight with your regulator in and completely respire. Divers should only descend until the water’s surface is at the eye level. A trial and error of lead amount is done until it’s just right.

Thou shall keep a dive log.

Take note of the amount of weight used for each dive mission. As well as the wetsuit’s neoprene thickness. Not only will it fine-tune your future dives, it will also serve as an at-a-glance record when you dive in the same site once again.

Thou shall use the deflator.

At the beginning of your descent, stretch the inflator house upward and over your head.

All the while, ensure that all the air in the lungs have been exhaled. Squeeze the BC against the chest with your free arm to remove the bubbles in the BC that may be disturbing your buoyancy.

Thou shall take your time and relax.

Before you dive, take a few deep breaths at the surface to calm nerves. Descend as quietly and graceful as possible. Avoid flailing your arms or kicking your legs so that they don’t impede your descent.

Thou shall use your breath.

Before reaching for the inflator/deflator hose to control your buoyancy, relax and use your inhalations and exhalations to work. With each inhalation, one should start to rise. While with exhalation, one should start to sink. If you opt use the inflator to get buoyant, use it carefully.


10 Commandments for Weightless Diving

Thou shall ensure nothing changed after initial weighting.

As you pack and check your gear, run another weight check to make sure nothing changes that could distress initial weighting. Brand-new suits weigh than old ones.

Thou shall wear a lighter wetsuit.

If one’s dive mission are in warm temperatures, don a lightweight wetsuit for easier buoyancy.

Thou shall wear socks instead.

If braving warm waters, opt to wear neoprene socks instead of scuba diving boots when wearing open-heel fins.

Thou shall experiment with weight placement.

Perform a trial and error with one’s weight placement. Shift some weight from one’s BC belt and add them into a trim pocket. This sheds off a couple of pounds.

Thou shall remove trapped air in BC’s.

Every so often, air gets stuck inside BC’s which will still to expand as you rise. This can increase quite a lot of pounds of buoyancy. To congest the air, lean back as if you are lounging on a recliner and hold your oral inflate/deflate device towards the surface.


 

Mares: Scuba Diving Fins 101

Mares: Scuba Diving Fins 101

One thing every diver should know, may it be an amateur or a professional, is that scuba gears are an investment. Choosing which to purchase could be quite difficult especially when there’s a whole smorgasbord to choose from. During your dive mission, you wouldn’t want to exhaust all your energy by moving about the water, this is why divers need fins. Fins help increase one’s thrust power and protect their feet from scratching against the reef. Below are tips you’ll need when choosing fins that are a perfect match for you and your dive mission.


1. Ease of wearing

Tess out how easily and effortlessly one can put and remove the fins in and out of the water.

2. Adjustable fit

Assess the effectiveness usage of the straps and buckles.

3. Comfort and fit

Check the overall security and ease of the fin when worn during a dive mission.

4. Stability

Test out if fins have tendency to stagger, hit each other or slice side to side during the kick cycle

5. Power

Assess the intensity of the effort put into one’s kick produce during the kick cycle.

6. Kicking Style

Check the overall efficiency and ease of the in when performing different kicking styles such as the frog kick, dolphin kick and etc.

7. Acceleration

Test out how quick one can increase their speed thru their kicks while underwater.

8. Maneuverability

Assess how easily one can get in and out of confined spaces and how one can shift from one direction to another.


Do take note that fins are also gauged for buoyancy, weight and material used for their design or technology. Find the perfect pair for your dive and be responsible when maintaining it so that the investment could stick around for more dive missions.

Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!

Scuba diving is often associated with tropics for their aquamarine waters, colorful fauna and flora and shipwrecks, but the colder regions too can host an incredible collection of Neptune’s paraphernalia.  Here’s a checklist of the scuba gear which are absolutely essential when diving in cold waters:


Mares suits and wear

Most divers will advise you that dry suits are the best option for braving the cold waters of the world, but Mares brings you another option. With 6mm ultra stretch neoprene and fashioned with S-Seal technology for maximum thermal comfort, the Seal Skin suit is the absolute essential. For additional heat, opt for the Rover hood with its 5mm neoprene design.  Take note, hoods are a bit tricky when it comes donning your mask so be sure that it does not restrict the seal at all.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!


Mares regulators

A certified cold-water diving regulator by the US Navy, the Mares Abyss 22 Navy Regulator is exclusively designed for cold water usage. The Abyss guarantees you top performance and reliability under the most extreme conditions, even diving under the Arctic’s ice!

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!


Mares boots

Exclusively designed with the DS draining system, the Flea DS boot is the optimal footwear to brave the icy waters during your dive. Easy to don and doff, it comes in a 5mm thickness and 6.5mm neoprene option for increased heat on the body’s lower extremities keeping the body warmer and longer underwater.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!


Mares gloves

Our extremities are the first places in the body where you start to feel temperature when underwater. With that in mind, dive gloves are a significant gear for your cold-water dive mission. Mares introduces their Flexa Fit Gloves with a 5mm or 6.5mm option. The gloves feature ultra-stretch neoprene, modifiable velcro straps and cut in glide skin for that intensified snug fit.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!


Mares fins

Fins for cold-water dives are generally are bigger in order to accommodate the extra space needed in the foot pocket and in order to provide the power divers wearing boots and weight needed to hover through the water. Formulated with Channel Thrust Technology and the Next Generation OPB, Mares X-Stream fins are the best pair yet to defy the cold currents.

MARES: Gear Guide for the Cold-Water Dive!