Checking things at the right time is one of those practices that needs to become second nature. Whatever you need for a dive, make sure that it is in the boat, before you get in. Have a list of what you need at the dive shop, and don’t leave until you have everything that is on your list. The right gear is important, so get scuba gear that fits, before leaving the rental shop.
Divers need to know how to make the right adjustments for neutral buoyancy. Since buoyancy will be different at various depths, it and the wetsuit must be taken into consideration. As you go deeper under the water, your wetsuit will become less buoyant, due to the extra pressure compressing the bubbles. You may feel that you are underweight, while you are at shallow depths. However, the deeper you dive that feeling will change for the reasons just mentioned. Owning your own wetsuit is a good idea, if you plan on doing much diving. Knowing what buoyancy does at certain depths, is easier to figure out, when you are always wearing the same wetsuit.
Here is a great tip to help you be neutrally buoyant when you do your fifteen foot safety stop. You want to begin at the surface level of the water, and strap on a virtually empty oxygen tank for this type of test. An alternative to this is testing with a BC or buoyancy compensator that has no air in it, is having a tank that is full on you, with your lungs only half-full of oxygen.
Another thing to be careful of is using excessive weights that are on your belt. You can do just fine with a couple of pounds, 1 to 2, of weight. No matter how you find the right level of buoyancy, always experiment until you get it perfect.
Let’s talk about one more night diving tip to ensure you only have the very best experience and stay safe. When you are planning your first dive at night, you should understand that you shouldn’t go too deep. Diving after the sun goes down should only be shallow dives. The recommendations of many night divers was varied, but thirty or forty feet was their average suggested depth when diving at night. For some, sixty feet was the deepest that they would recommend. This sport is not for everyone; but scuba diving is an exceptional sport for the daring. Scuba diving is not something that is simple to do anytime you feel like it. Nevertheless, being a fair distance from water is no excuse for someone who loves this sport not to partake in the experience.