Scuba diving bad habits you want to avoid

Checking my buddy's kit

Checking my buddy’s kit

No one is perfect and all of us slip up from time to time.  unfortunately “some” of those ‘slip ups’ can easily become habitual things that don’t really help you to enjoy your dive and can also affect others who you dive with, whether that be your buddy, or fellow divers in your group.

Failing to do the right safety checks.

Just because you have done over 100+ dives doesn’t mean you are immune to not forgetting anything related to your safety or the working of your dive kit. I was on a dive in Egypt not long ago and an advanced diver failed to do the right checks on his kit, nor did his buddy check his kit. We jumped off the boat and all started to descend. He was left on the surface because he forgot to put his weights on. He delayed the dive, we lost air whilst he got his weights. So remember your training and respect the ocean.  Becoming over-confident is the worst of all things that can happen.

Respecting your space on the boat

Some have argued that this isn’t a bad habit and others say differently. Whatever the case, keep your kit together. On drift dives the boat is only “so big” so having your things intrude on other divers space can become quite annoying. You’ll only end up being “that diver” who can’t find their stuff and end up delaying others.

Respecting divers space during the dive

This happens more often than not. Many including myself have been kicked in the face or body because another diver is eager to see what you are looking at or filming. Experienced or inexperienced, we are all friends under water so there is no need to injure each other whilst scrambling for the best view.

Moving sea life to get a better picture

No, just no. We are visitors in the big blue, think of your dives as “window shopping” without the trying on of outfits. No touching!

The know-it-all

This is something that seems to annoy many divers I’ve spoken who are much more experienced than I. If another diver is doing something that isn’t dangerous but different to you, let it be. Dive and let dive as they say. However if they are doing something (or not), which could put them in potential danger or put another diver in danger then offer your help. Be nice about it though.

Using your tank valve to dry your regulator first stage

Again another point many feel is a grey area.  Your probably thinking “well how is that so bad?” Whilst you may think that it’s the best way to dry your regulator first stage, it may not be if you are not doing it correctly. The high pressure of air blown into the first stage can push small droplets into the more sensitive parts of the regulator potentially damaging your unit. Get tips from more experienced divers or the boat crew so you prevent potential damage to your regulator or better yet, a simple blow from your mouth works just as well.

Can’t we all just get along?

Diving is a friendly activity, you can make some great friends during your dives deep down in the big blue. Be warned though, that the biggest way to alienate yourself from fellow divers is forming and repetitively displaying bad habits. Be a better diver, nip those bad habits in the bud.

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