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#1 STOP SCULLING!
#2 DON'T IMITATE ANY INSTRUCTOR WHO SCULLS!
"NEVER USE YOUR HANDS TO MAKE A HELICOPTER TURN!"
( Not if you are an open water diver__and__certainly not if you are a cave diver! )
NO SCULLING means "not ever" using hands for propulsion!
( may not be enough )
"You may need other help !"
We're dead serious about the SCULLING
__ but just kidding about the extra help!
the hands to achieve stability or enhance propulsion while SCUBA diving
is folly. It is wasted effort. Yes.... we know; that if you search the
annuals of the sport back to the very inventors of open circuit diving
or the revered 1950’s television heros, you may find images of divers
“breast stroking”. Our message is that sculling is NEVER OK! There is never
a time when it is correct to scull.
Using the hands, aka...SCULLING is nothing more than a bad habit that has been passed on by bad example and needs to end before real proficiency can be realized. Yes....we know; you can still turn on your TV and watch famous divers betray their substandard skills by using their hands to SCULL. You can see sculling all over the promotional videos of some big dive training agencies too. These videos showcase the agency's elite professionals and they aren't acting.....they're sculling! Diving has far too many professional and celebrity divers who hit a home run without ever visiting first base. If you don’t believe us watch their hands. If they SCULL, even a little bit, even once in a while, they are not the example that you want to imitate.
Exceptional buoyancy skills begin with a symbolic amputation of the hands. Hands can still be used to perform and complete other tasks....just don't use them for swimming. Hands are not swimming aids in SCUBA and when they are employed as such, the diver does not improve. People who, having been born without hands or arms, learn to dress themselves, are an example of what humans can do when they apply themselves. You can learn to dive "without sculling"! Make a commitment to dive without your hands. Force yourself to operate without all of those useless hand motions. All you are doing , when you scull, is telling everyone what you don’t know about buoyancy control.
STOP telling us what you don't know with those ridiculous hand signals!
If you ever wished for a simple benchmark with which to measure your skills or the skills of others, you have it. You can measure and evaluate fundamental buoyancy skills by watching people’s hands. “NO HANDS” is the key that unlocks the treasure chest. It can mean the difference between not so good buoyancy control or....
GREAT BUOYANCY CONTROL
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Divers do not stop sculling because they acquire "good buoyancy skills."
They learn or teach themselves "GREAT BUOYANCY " because they have stopped sculling.
you earlier that we are not about combining fundamentals with tech
and that is true. That does not mean that the fundamentals that we
offer will not
in good stead if
you decide to pursue technical dive training in your future. We know a
about cave diving
and one of the dirty little secrets about cave training is that more
of the candidates
who show up for a cave class have no business being there with their
talking about buoyancy skills that are not remarkable for single tank
will now be called
upon to wear doubles while performing many new skills with the hands.
cave instructor faces is to attempt to teach basic skills while
teaching a cave
program or to
discourage the cantidate and turn him/her and his/her money (a great
away. The outcome
is predictable and since many of the cave diving candidates originate within the ranks
of the open water instructor corps, it is a shameful indictment
of the sport.
buoyancy control takes practice to develop. Lots of practice. Most
never make that
investment even when they know how and what to practice. We can compare it to being able
to ride a unicycle. The percentage of divers who have exceptional skills are about the same
as the number of bicycle riders who can ride a unicycle.
Great buoyancy should be found at first base but there are a lot of divers who never visit first base and still manage to hit "a home run"......on paper... BUT... the trick is to look good once water has been added and a lot of these so called pros do not.
What we think happened is that someone provided an outline for how to achieve good buoyancy. A formula for how much weight to wear. Too much emphasis on equipment led to the belief that management and control were vested in the button of a power inflator. Few professionals can provide examples of really proficient skills. Few professionals actually look professional . Not nearly enough to inspire any imagination in their students.
The reason that we don't see really great buoyancy skills is the same reason that we don't see many unicycles.....
IT'S JUST THAT SIMPLE!
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We don't see many UNICYCLES
GREAT BUOYANCY SKILLS!
"YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD
TO LEARN EITHER!"
( OR BOTH!)
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