There is no denying the fact that to become an expert scuba diver, you must learn it from a professional, but a whole myth that underlies this reality is that there is no learning or scope for development outside of a proper course environment. I think differently. I agree diving courses are vital to raising diving skills to the next level, but the truth is that the courses are just a starting point. They can provide you a foundation and you have to build on it finally with practice.

Keep in mind the key phrase: develop by yourself. The improvement is something that happens with each dive. Therefore, here is the list of 7 tips for divers to persistently improve their diving skills.

Engage Your Brain

One should not follow the scuba dive master blindly. A good diver generally uses his own brain. This does not mean that you have to ignore what your instructor is saying, since he understands better than that because of that he is your teacher. But ensure you’re not at his mercy for instructions all the time. You have to be well prepared in case it goes away for a while.

Test Your Weighting

This is important because when you weigh yourself properly, you do not need much air in your BCD. For this you must do a simple exercise: after a dive, lower the tank to 30-40 bars. Empty your BCD. Secure your ankles and bend your arms close to your chest, so you cannot scull. If you exhale, you must sink and when you inhale, you must raise the similar amount. If you sink or do not rise when you inhale, you are too heavy.

Know Your Use of Air

This is something that you could obtain with practice. Everything you need is a routine. Start to do this exercise: before starting your ascent, observe its air and depth. Then look how much you have when you come to the surface. Keep a record book. Similarly, note if it was a free ascent or on a line. Check again by proving yourself. Soon, you would have a proper idea concerning the amount of air you need to surface carefully.

Fix Your Buoyancy

So, how do you fix it? Just simple: after every 5-10 minutes of diving, be sure to be on a sandy patch or if you have a water column under you and stop kicking. Try to stay less or more where you are, lowering when you exhale and once you inhale. Whether this is not happening, add a little jet of air and repeat until you acquire it right.

Keep Your Eyes and Ears Open

This essentially means sharp observation. Notice your dive master, fellow divers and interact with them. Ask them questions. This could help you learn some valuable little tricks that can help you improve.

Be Aware of Your Skills

You have made 50 successful dives and now you have too much confidence, nothing can hurt you. And overconfidence will not only bite you in the ass at sea, but it will tear your big pieces. Always be faithful about your capabilities when you are under the sea.

Dive with a Friend

I know you’re the daring type, but you have to live a long and healthy life, have children, grow old and die. Then do not risk it. The diving solo is always risky. Studies have shown that 97% of all deaths have occurred when the diver was alone at sea. So, friendly advice always dives with a friend. It is fun and safe at the same time.

“Practice makes a man perfect.” So keep diving. It’s something you like to do so I do not think there’s any problem there. Always remember that scubadiving is learned in the water and not in books and magazines. See more =