The Importance of your Buoyancy Control

Excellent buoyancy control is what defines skilled scuba divers from beginners. It is something that takes time, attention and practice for buoyancy to become second nature to a diver.

Good buoyancy is the key to being good diver, and here in our Cozumel currents, good buoyancy is essential for drifting comfortably and enjoying the dive site at a slow pace. You have seen those divers, hardly moving, floating effortlessly and in our Cozumel currents barely exerting themselves moving slow and controlled while being able to stop on a dime.

Poor buoyancy leads to damaging coral and strring up the visibility for divers behind.

The above image is a familiar one. Spectacular dive sites and swim throughs can be ruined by over weighted divers with poor buoyancy and improper fin techniques, kicking up the sandy bottom, or even worse breaking coral heads and sponges on the roof of the swim throughs. It happens way too frequently and unfortunately diver contact is damaging our reefs at an alarming rate. And if you happen to be the last diver in the group, well, seeing anything or finding your way through can be a struggle.

So what can you do about it?

The Peak Performance buoyancy course is where you can start. The course is 2 dives where you will work with one of our skilled instructors to fine tune your buoyancy skills in the water.

While working on moving more efficiently and comfortably through the water, you’ll also learn how to:

Determine the exact weight you need, so you’re not too light or too heavy, and trim your weight system and scuba gear so you’re perfectly balanced in the water. This is very important diving with us as our steel tanks weigh considerably more than the standard aluminium, and can take some time to get used to.

Streamline your position and practice efficient finning techniques in order to save energy and use air more efficiently.

To hover effortlessly in trim and an efficient diving position, this will help you to drift slow and comfortably in the currents also, as the key to drift diving is also buoyancy!

This course will give you the skills to look at and interact with marine life without damaging it. To pass through the impressive swim throughs of Palancar, Colombia and Punta Sur without destroying the reef or stirring up the bottom for the divers behind. A fun, highly rewarding and beneficial course to take.

For more information and for booking at the start of your next trip for a Peak Performance buoyancy clinic or tune up, please contact frontdesk@aldora.com.