IMPROVE YOUR BUOYANCY CONTROL

BUOYANCY CONTROL SKILLS
"No Performance Requirement in SCUBA Diving is more poorly defined or less often achieved than....Buoyancy Control!"
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#1 STOP SCULLING!
#2   DON'T IMITATE ANY INSTRUCTOR  WHO SCULLS! 
NO HANDS DIVING
We don't just mention that hands are not useful in SCUBA Diving. We get right in your face about it. We believe that subtracting hands is the single most important key that unlocks the mystery of Buoyancy Control.  We know or have seen that there are others who mention "NO HANDS" or even "Look MA....no hands" a very similar  phrase to the one we have used for years.  NO....we didn't invent not using the hands.  In fact we have even seen it in an open water student text book. We bet your instructor never mentioned it though....do you know why? We think it might be because your instructor, like so many others, couldn't afford to get caught sculling during confined water training right after pointing out, in class,  that it is TABOO.
C-53 Shipwreck
Felipe Xicotencatl
Cozumel's C-53 Shipwreck

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!
Good Buoyancy Control
begins with:

A Symbolic Amputation of  HANDS!   stop_sculling
Symbolic Amputation
( may not  be enough )

"You may need other help !"

We're dead serious about the SCULLING
....
but  just kidding about the extra help!

Using 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"
BuoyancyQuest is the "Original Scull Free Zone!"
"JOIN US IN THAT ZONE!"
Others are beginning to mention, "NO HANDS"  also,  BUT: "LOOK" we're still making the most noise!
STOP SCULLING
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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.
john noftall
DIVERS WITH EXCEPTIONAL BUOYANCY  ARE AS RARE AS BICYCLE RIDERS WHO CAN RIDE A UNICYCLE
We told you earlier that we are not about combining fundamentals with tech diving images and that is true. That does not mean that the fundamentals that we offer will not stand you in good stead if you decide to pursue technical dive training in your future. We know a little about cave diving and one of the dirty little secrets about cave training is that more than half of the candidates who show up for a cave class have no business being there with their skill level. We are talking about buoyancy skills that are not remarkable for single tank diving that will now be called upon to wear doubles while performing many new skills with the hands. The dilemma that the cave instructor faces is to attempt to teach basic skills while concurrently  teaching a cave program or to discourage the cantidate and turn him/her and his/her money (a great sum of money) 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. Really proficient buoyancy control takes practice to develop. Lots of practice. Most divers 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!
uni_foto
 maureen miller PHOTO
We don't see many UNICYCLES
or
GREAT BUOYANCY SKILLS!

BUT
"YOU ARE NEVER TOO OLD
TO LEARN EITHER!"
( OR BOTH!)

BUOYANCY CONTROL WORKSHOP
It's an above average COZUMEL DIVE TRIP
SCUBA FUNDAMENTALS WORKSHOP

It's a  FROG KICK & Buoyancy Control Skills  Clinic


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