It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, it’s a SCUBA diver riding the current. What? Think about it, in SCUBA classes you are told about being neutrally buoyant. So, you don’t weigh more or less than the water but basically the same. Think back to those open-water classes… neutrally buoyant divers only move just a couple of inches in the water with the inhale and exhale of a breath of air.
When you take your classes in the lake, you try to practice that neutral buoyancy. But in the lake, you have to keep kicking your fins to propel yourself through the water. It is different in the ocean though.
As most people know, the ocean has currents. Those currents are actually your friend when diving through the open waters of the ocean. You expend less energy propelling yourself through the waters. Instead, the fins help you navigate around walls or down behind the reef, etc. Basically, you kick less for those of you who haven’t had the opportunity to dive in ocean waters yet.
This gives you the feeling of flying. So, you might be Superman? Just a thought. Or a mermaid as a lot of people like to think! But there are some helpful tips to keep in mind. This could be considered an advanced diving practice, but keeping everything in mind, it’s a breeze. Or a current… You choose. Continue reading