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What is perfect buoyancy

Apart from being the fundamental skill that underpins all diving from both an enjoyment and safety point of view, what do we really mean by proper buoyancy control? The objective level of required skill will vary depending on the activity and experience but what should that be?

Training
+/- 2m
Well not the ideal but a minimum tolerable target

Ocean/Sports
+/- 1 - 0.5m

Well not the ideal but a minimum tolerable target when diving at this level and not doing anything other than a safety stop or two

Deco procedures and Instructor
+/- 0.3m

Get into deco and this should be the objective. Instructors should be looking at demo quality at definer stages better than this.

Think SAFE - Dive SAFE
Jim Watson
BSAC Safety and Development Manager
For more detail and information please visit www.bsac.org/page/45/diving-safety.htm.