Apart from taking a Buoyancy course (PADI Peak Performance Buoyancy or SSI Perfect Buoyancy) there are at three things to understand which will in turn help you reach perfect buoyancy.
To recall a bit, perfect buoyancy is also termed as ‘being neutrally buoyant’ which means the diver floats: not sinking, not ascending. They hover in the water. It’s something like being able to manage the distance between him and the objects around.
Easy for some people it might be but for those who are still learning, here are some tips, excerpted from Murat’s blog:
Use the BCD
Just like the name says Buoyancy Control Device is the primary device to help you adjust buoyancy in the water. Knowing how BCD works therefore is crucial for every diver.
There are inflator and deflator buttons but those aren’t the magic joystick like instantly. Yes inflator will add air to your BCD but it will take time (at least 15 seconds) for the air to start raise you. So instead of pushing the button all the way for you to directly feel the effect of adding air you should give small burst each time (two pushes for one second each) and wait. After 15 seconds and you’re still falling, add another burst. Wait again and push again when needed.
Use Your Lungs
Don’t forget that your can add and decrese air to your lungs. Use this to your advantage by breathing deeply or release the air as necessary. Lungs control is a good way to be buoyant without too much using BCD.
Use Proper Weight
4 or 5 kilos? 8 maybe? Any diver should take proper weight for diving. You can try online weight calculator but the best way is alway to try it in the water.
Murat tips is:
“With an empty bcd and a normal breath hold, the sea level should be on the diver’s eye-level. If the sea level is on the diver’s shoulders, the diver should increase the amount of weight. If the diver is starting to descent, in this position, then the diver should decrease the amount of weight.”
Maybe it takes time to master neutral buoyancy but it’s no rocket science. Remember this guide and be a better in buoyancy next time you dive.