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March 6, 2012

SCUBA DIVING HOVERING TIPS

Hovering during a shipwreck dive

Hovering during a shipwreck dive

Hovering- Hanging motionless in mid water. It really feels like being out in space. You can’t really call yourself a scuba diver before mastering hovering. Your whole scuba diving experience will change once you finally get it right. Master hovering with this step by step hovering tutorial
What does hovering mean?

Why hovering?

Hovering Objectives

Where to practice hovering?

How to master hovering?

Hovering Tutorial Video

Hovering Upside-down

Hovering tips

Buoyancy Control Workshop

What does hovering mean?

Hovering means staying motionless in mid water without using your fins or arms, this is kind of like being in space. No gravity. Its one of the coolest and most important aspects in diving.

Hovering objectives

Using buoyancy control only, hover without kicking or sculling for at least 30 seconds

Why hovering?

In order of really understand what diving is like, one must master hovering. Hovering will allow you to save energy and air, as you don’t exercise your limbs, and also allows you to get closer to the reef and creatures without risking them or yourself. Imagine staying motionless right next to a Turtle munching on a Barrel Sponge unthreatened by your presence, Or snapping the perfect shot with your underwater camera, can’t do it without proper buoyancy control

Where to practice hovering?

Hovering is practiced at confined water, at water too deep to stand in. Don’t go too deep though, stay within 3-4m/9-13ft.

How to master hovering?

The idea is simple and resembles fin pivot. 1. Deflate your BCD. Stand up or kneel on the bottom. 2. Inhale fully and deeply Full lungs are more buoyant. If weigh properly, you should elevate your torso a bit. If you’re still not moving up, move to the next step: 5. Exhale fully and slowly and very gently add some air to the BCD. If you inflate the BCD to much you risk in ascending to the surface. 6. Repeat steps 4-5 until you start elevating after full inhalation. At that point exhale fast and continue deep slow inhalation, you should lift yourself about a 1m/3ft off the bottom. When reaching your desired depth, return to normal breathing and you should say leveled with slight movement when breathing. When exhaling deeply you should slowly descend and touch the bottom Back to Top .

Hovering Upside-down:

Hovering Upside-down in not an Open Water course skill. One should only practice it under direct supervision of a scuba instructor. Hovering upside-down allows you to practice exploring overhangs small crevices or getting face to face with the bottom dwellers, without moving your limbs. The idea is very similar but takes extra training. This isn’t an easy task. When hovering upside-down the exhaled bubbles travel though our body and contribute to our buoyancy too. That means we need slightly less air in the BCD to hover this way. Start by hovering normally, once neutral buoyancy is achieved slightly deflate your BCD and flip upside down. As you may tend to float more easily, and might not be aware of you position and location, make sure your buddy’s looking after you until you get things right. This skill is recommended to be practices initially with professionals, on a peak Performance Buoyancy Dive.

Hovering Tips:

1. Use a reference. It’s sometimes quite hard to know exactly where you are, whether you ascend or descend, and you may accidentally find yourself “popping” to the surface. 2. Remember this – always adjust your BCD’s volume at the bottom. This will guarantee you elevate only due to you lungs volume when inhaling. 3. to fine tune your position exhale and inhale gently to either descent or ascent. 4. Never use your limbs, it means you’re doing something wrong and missing the whole point. Be patient, you’ll get there. 5. Consider joining an Advanced Open Water course or a Peak Performance Buoyancy (PPB) class for further fine-tuning your buoyancy control. 6. Find more buoyancy control tips at our buoyancy control workshop

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