SCUBA Diving Buoyancy Control
|"No Performance Requirement in SCUBA Diving is more poorly defined or less often achieved than....Buoyancy Control!"|
Successful Buoyancy Control
"A Symbolic Amputation of the HANDS!"
Using hands "for propulsion or stability" is the....
HALLMARK of a Substandard Diver!
"LOOK....NO HANDS!" has been our motto since we can't remember when. Now we read more and more stuff about not using hands while diving. This is a new phenomenon! Some of the explanations, that we have read, are quite imaginative; like how "dangerous" your hands are to others i.e. "you might knock someone's mask off" or "the fish won't like you" if you are always waving your hands around.
We don't post on the message boards and seldom visit there unless we are following a trail of a specific subject. We do know there is a debate. A few people believe, as we do, that any amount of Sculling should be TABOO. Others get really offended because they feel like "a little bit" of sculling or sculling "once in a while" should be permitted.
It's not just for divers who dress in TECH GEAR!
NO HANDS ~ NO GLOVES ON WARM WATER DIVES
NO LOOSE TANK STRAPS ~ NO SNORKELS
NO SPLIT FINS ~ NO DANGLIES ~ NO HOSE HALOS
"JUST SAY YES: to fundamental skills FIRST!"
The photo (above) was taken in a coral cave.
The profile is that of a....real cave diver!
BUT DON'T FORGET....
STILL PHOTOS: "only" show how good a diver was....
FOR A FRACTION OF A SECOND.
VIDEO IS BETTER!
HERE'S WHY YOU SHOULD NEVER SCULL:
Not because you offend the fish and not because you could disrupt your buddy's gear. AND not for the plethora of other reasons that we read about on the internet. Yes it does waste energy and gas but experts who feel the need to index a longer list in order to make it appear that they know more about the subject [of NO HANDS] are all wet. You shouldn't SCULL because "NOT SCULLING" forces you to learn different and more productive methods of negotiating , what is for us, an alien world. Learn to use your breathing and exploit the full potential of your fins. These are the componants that identify a truly skilled diver. SCULLING is a crutch! A crutch that is not very efficient. It is wasted effort...IT'S THAT SIMPLE and if you are trying for multiple creative reasons to explain or index why hands shouldn't be employed for swimming while diving, you may have missed the point?
We know, when we see someone scull, that they don't know what we know about Buoyancy Control! We don't know it so that we can shame them or blow a whistle or a horn and declare A FOUL!
We mentor fundamental skills; buoyancy control and frog kick. Those are the skills we do best. Those are the skills that we share. When we see someone sculling we don't see it as a:
But that doesn't mean that we don't recognize
and/or know what that diver doesn't know.
He/she....just told us with HAND SIGNALS!
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