It doesn’t matter if you’ve done five dives, or five hundred.
Smart scuba aficionados know there is always room for improvement. There are new lessons to be learned, new experiences to be had, and new friends to meet. But there are a few tips that may make diving even more enjoyable for many men.
We’ve put together a few pointers that we hope make your dive experience with us at Uber Scuba Komodo even more magnificent.
Tips on What to Wear
There are men who have no problem strutting their stuff in a skimpy Speedo.
Then there are others who dread being caught dead in a fire engine red, shiny piece of material the size of a handkerchief. Sometimes less is more. Sometimes it’s not….
Many men choose to go with board shorts. While these are comfortable, and easy to get in and out of on the beach, they may present some problems on the dive boat. Shorts tend to bunch up underneath a wetsuit, and can lead to chaffing and skin problems. In a worst case scenario, bunched up shorts could restrict blood flow, especially to your legs.
If you’re still not sold on the Speedo, a good option would be bicycle shorts. They don’t bunch up underneath your wetsuit, and make getting in and out of it easier. While modern wetsuits generally have a lining that makes it easy to remove, the old timers likely remember when pantyhose were standard operating procedure.
You may get a few awkward stares, but you’ll slide in and out of your suit in a flash.
Or What Not to Wear….Going Komodo Commando?
It’s more common than you might think!
There is nothing wrong with leaving the swimsuit out of it all together. Just be sure you don’t forget you’ve only got your birthday suit hiding under the wetsuit when you climb back in the boat.
It has happened that following an especially exciting dive, a first time “Commando” diver got caught up in talking about a shark sighting at Batu Bolong.
So caught up that he forgot what he wasn’t wearing, and peeled off his suit as soon as he was out of the water. To the delight (and/or horror?) of the others on board….
Better Your Buoyancy
If you have hundreds of dives already under your belt, chances are good you’ve got no issues with buoyancy control. If, however, you are just starting out, or feel that you could be doing better, take a Peak Performance Buoyancy speciality course.
You’ll dive better, be more relaxed, and use less air. If you like wreck or cave diving, buoyancy control is critical for your safety, and that of those diving with you.
Other tips to keep neutrally buoyant include proper weighting, getting your BC inflation just right, and your body position in the water. Regular, relaxed breathing will help too. A perfectly neutral buoyant diver will spend more time enjoying all there is to see in the submarine world, and less time fiddling with the inflation hose, and crashing into the reef.
Slow Down and See More
Remember it’s not a race!
Obviously you need to stay with the pack, and be in close contact with your buddy. But too many divers (men and women) miss out on seeing the best creatures by speeding right past them. Divers with rebreathers are nearly silent, but most of us are still using conventional scuba equipment. Meaning that in the underwater world we, and our bubbles, are making a hell of a lot of noise.
Most marine life does not appreciate the disruption. Motoring into their backyard at top speed, bubbles billowing away, will make them even less likely to stick around.
Take your time.
You’ll see more, use less air, and you won’t piss off the photographers and other divers who may want to stop, not to smell the roses, but to admire the particularly unique and beautiful creatures across Komodo.