Scuba Diving Basics: 25 Top Tips That Will Make You A Better Scuba Diver

Last Updated on August 5, 2020 by Mark Newman

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Mark Newman has sage scuba diving advice in this weeks scuba basics. Pulling together his 25 top tips that will make you a better scuba diver.

So if you are a newly minted open water scuba diver looking for some hints and advice. Or you're just coming back into diving and need a bit of a scuba refresher, this is the video for you.

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Scuba Diving Basics: 25 Top Tips That Will Make You A Better Scuba Diver
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0:00 Introduction
1:22 LAY OUT YOUR GEAR FIRST
2:48 RELEASE THE PRESSURE
3:08 EXTRA HOODS
3:34 WASH YOUR DIVE KNIFE
4:07 LEAVE THE CAMERA
4:39 JOIN A CLUB
5:28 BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS
5:58 WATCH THE LOCALS FOR CURRENT
6:37 TURN AROUND
7:12 KNOW YOUR LIMITS
8:29 READ A MAP
9:22 CHECK YOUR GAUGES MORE
10:00 STAY OUT OF THE RED
10:35 BRING A DOUBLE-ENDER
11:10 BCD SHIMMY
12:26 CUT DOWN ON LEAD
13:00 BE SHALLOW
13:29 INVEST IN YOUR MASK & DSMB
14:20 KEEP YOUR FEET CLEAN
14:49 SWAP SUNSCREEN FOR A RASHVEST
15:52 DRINK LOTS (OF WATER)
16:24 WARM UP SLOWLY
16:58 DON'T SPREAD OUT

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#askmark, Heyo! Longtime listener, first time caller, etc. Went with a BP/W for my first set and I'm having a really hard time keeping the power inflator on my shoulder; the corrugated hose keeps flipping off my shoulder and getting twisted up or just ending up behind the backplate and dangling down the back of the wing. Is there something I can add to my harness to keep it in place? I don't want to tie it to the D ring since I wouldn't be able to lift it to deflate. I'm using the cheap DGX Gears wing for reference. Thanks!

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#askmark, Heyo! Longtime listener, first time caller, etc. Went with a BP/W for my first set and I'm having a really hard time keeping the power inflator on my shoulder; the corrugated hose keeps flipping off my shoulder and getting twisted up or just ending up behind the backplate and dangling down the back of the wing. Is there something I can add to my harness to keep it in place? I don't want to tie it to the D ring since I wouldn't be able to lift it to deflate. I'm using the cheap DGX Gears wing for reference. Thanks!

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Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
3 years ago

We have 25 more tips for new scuba divers right here https://youtu.be/sJiWm2zm7KY

byteme9718
byteme9718
10 months ago

1. To extend dives, steal air from any stray octopus.
2. If you buddy with a heavy breather, make sure your secure your octopus with a padlock and make sure your knife is well honed.
3. When spear fishing in tropical waters, find an idiot to carry the catch bag. It keeps you safe from sharks.
4. Make sure the idiot doesn’t have a spear gun, that way you can shoot in any direction and always be safe. They on the other hand will probably survive but if they stupidly get in the way, at least you have them safely on tow.
5. Avoid Chinese dive buddies who are only interested in how deep and how fast they can sink. You won’t keep up and may not even be there when they tell their tales later after sinking industrial quantities of alcohol.
6. When diving with Chinese divers always remember, gauge pressure is binary. You have air or your don’t. When you breath in and out normally and then there’s nothing when you inhale, its good idea to consider ascending.
7. PADI Open Water takes weeks to learn, two day holiday courses are worthless.
8. When you travel, the assumption is that two day PADI Open Water courses are normal. YOU WILL be accompanied by baby sitters who may have done the two day course and few week later will be be PADI Dive Masters or Instructors most likely working illegally.
9. Pay And Die Instantly is real and something I’ve witnessed.
10. If you cant achieve 100% in the module questions, where are you going to get answers from when actually diving? Advanced, demonstrates how nitrogen narcosis impairs judgment so what then when you scrape through?
11. Beware of areas where dynamite fishing is used. Your ears will ring for days if you’re anywhere close.
12. Carry a good pair of wire cutters and keep them cleaned and oiled after each dive. When you come across illegal traps in a marine park you can release all the fish and cut the wires the fishermen use to recover then leaving them starving.
13. Same as 12 but bring the traps up and take all the fish. Then cut the recovery wires. The fishermen still starve so much the same thing.
14. Practice spear fishing using Crown of Thorns starfish or Lionfish.
15. Beware of clownfish, they’re deadly.
16. Drinking and diving go hand in hand but if you’re still walking sideways like a crab and having to shut one eye to avoid seeing double, its probably best to avoid that first morning dive if the water’s choppy. It may make you feel sick.
17. Don’t piss off sea snakes, they usually take the upper hand and you generally miss using your speargun.
18. Avoid diving with male Japanese divers. That is unless you’re Chinese and extremely brave. Possibly suicidal.
19. Fastest and most efficient method of spearing fish. Carry LOTS of weight. Empty your BCD by squishing it before putting on your tank. Breath out as deeply as your can and only then roll/jump into the water. You can then descend far more quickly than your would think.
20. Buddy checks are probably not necessary to do everything wrong but a second opinion may help.
21. Buddy checks, in my experience, are never used in the thousands of dives I’ve done in South East Asia. Just check yourself twice.
22. Be wary of dead divers (always PADI), when they’re on your boat they become your problem and you’ll never recover expenses,
23. As per point 15. They’re not called clownfish for nothing. Freediving and laughing when they attack you is not a good combination and the nearest I’ve come to drowning. Am empty tank is nothing in comparison.
24. Find rich friends or better yet, get one to employ you. Free Diving then becomes something that really is.
25. When travelling to far flung dive destinations be careful of trusting “white people” divemasters/instructors. Be aware they most likely have little knowledge of local conditions, the boat will have no communications, there’s no helicopter support and the nearest hyperbaric chamber maybe hundreds of miles away.

Apart from that, its all great fun.

UZO99
UZO99
1 year ago

#askmark Hi Mark, love your videos, thanks for that, keep on doing so!
My question: I read an article in a german diving magazine about an incident that, I don´t know I´m allowed to cite. Long story short: I drysuit diver had a problem with his suit inflator permanently inflating, causing him to surface an getting nearly choked by his suit. He came out fine from his situation, but I was wondering, how this is possible? I myself dive I drysuit with latex seals which tend to purge too much gas, especially on the surface by themselves. Neopren seals, in my understanding, could lock you in (due to the overlaping) in such case? Am I right here, and if so, is this a possible failure point? Would love to hear your opinion! Cheers, Marco

If you need/want the whole story i refer to, please hit me up! 🙂

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Reply to  UZO99
1 year ago

That would be my assessment as well. Latex and silicone neck seals will just vent any excess gas. Folded over neoprene neck seals may prevent excess gas from escaping. Some divers also use electrical tape to keep their neoprene neck seal from leaking.

It could be that the diver taped their neck seal down to prevent it from leaking and expanding gas was pushing in on their neck. I’ll see if I can find the news story and any more information…

Andres Leon Rangel
Andres Leon Rangel
1 year ago

16:10 drink water before a dive and enjoy the pleasure of peeing In a wetsuit…

color80
color80
1 year ago

hello, I have a problem and I need help. I use TUSA fins (old model) and the silicone (rubber) heel strap broke. I found a replacement, but I can’t replace it at all. Is there any system that makes work easier, is it even possible? The tip of the tape, which is thickened, I cannot pass through the plastic clip… thanks 👌

Angelo Fraietta
Angelo Fraietta
1 year ago

This ia the best channel on youtube for sure. Everything is clearly articulated and explained. Excellent stuff!

Nigel W.
Nigel W.
1 year ago

some great advice for brand new and well seasoned divers.
For me #10 is key. Been in the situation a couple of times where someone wasn’t comfortable with the dive. However, they still hopped in and ruined the dive for everyone else as the sucked through their tank in less than 20 minutes.
Although in one instance the lack of comfort was sticking out like a sore thumb the guys from the dive centre did bugger all and just “chucked” him in.

geemac
geemac
1 year ago

All good to know Mark. Sometimes we can overlook something as simple leaving electronics to charge without knowing live aboard policy beforehand

Amadeuss
Amadeuss
1 year ago

Air tip is good one.
I always run out first, so i figured this out fairly quickly – so i stay with everyone 1st half of the dive and go a bit up on the second half. And usually i have more air left then anyone

Tana Asad
Tana Asad
1 year ago

Very helpful. Thank You

Mason Ruegemer
Mason Ruegemer
1 year ago

I’m bringing my go pro whether you like it or not

William Sweet
William Sweet
2 years ago

I know it’s another failure point, but a zipper down south really helped me with my drysuit, pee right before the dive, and right after the dive. It allows me to drink more water during the day

Ryan Gray
Ryan Gray
2 years ago

Thank you for the tips.

Oceans Unknown
Oceans Unknown
2 years ago

These are great. You really nailed these tips. I have always thought of these but have never heard anyone say some of these tips. New divers should watch this for sure.

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Reply to  Oceans Unknown
2 years ago

Glad it was helpful!

Shane Fahey
Shane Fahey
2 years ago

As an advanced diver I have learnt some awesome tips and great advice
Keep up the great work👌👌

Compte google
Compte google
2 years ago

The Underwater vision boat on Utila Islands had a motor hatch two inches thick between the diver’s bench and the ”diving board”. I didn’t see anybody stumble during my trip but it is a guaranty that it most happens on a regular basis.

sparky obrian
sparky obrian
2 years ago

Im a certed diver (44 years certed) and these tips are a good review, Im 99% a solo diver so my gear is abit different but these are good reviews, keep them coming

OdinMehGroin
OdinMehGroin
Reply to  sparky obrian
2 years ago

A bit different how so?

james river high skool Chess
james river high skool Chess
2 years ago

Google 8/17/21 vandenburg diver. I was there

Charles Goss
Charles Goss
2 years ago

Hi. At 5:02 you mentioned a “canban” that doesn’t fit. I’ve been on two boats and don’t recall hearing that term. What is it?

Larry Cummings
Larry Cummings
Reply to  Charles Goss
2 years ago

Cam band, the strap that goes around your tank.

James Aston
James Aston
2 years ago

How many YouTube channels is this guy on?

Mark Boscawen
Mark Boscawen
3 years ago

Re 22 Look at the fins to identify divers.

One buddy had their name in big letters on the topside of their fins, so both very easy for them to identify their gear when it came to donning fins &, for those divers who forget names 10 seconds after being introduced, it was as good as a name tag reminder.

But the real surprise, which helped identify who was who underwater with a bit of humour, is this diver had: You are following (Their Name) on the bottom side of their fins.

Will confess I’ve since done the same.

Camiel van Lenteren
Camiel van Lenteren
3 years ago

Please order your tips according to most important to less. I think you can shorten it to 10 or 15 tips. Thanks

Joe Wilson
Joe Wilson
Reply to  Camiel van Lenteren
3 years ago

You don’t think your FOURTEEN minute video about isolation could have been made a little shorter?

Camiel van Lenteren
Camiel van Lenteren
Reply to  Camiel van Lenteren
3 years ago

@Joe Wilson cry baby

Dave Lunder Goes Under
Dave Lunder Goes Under
3 years ago

Very good instructional video. I recently got back into scuba diving. These are practical tips.

Scuba Diver Magazine
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Reply to  Dave Lunder Goes Under
3 years ago

Glad it was helpful!

Bryan Kniss
Bryan Kniss
3 years ago

Speaking of mask… can you recommend a mask for a bearded brother?

souswes
souswes
Reply to  Bryan Kniss
3 years ago

As a fellow bearded diver…look for a frameless mask. The Hollis M1 is great, or if you’re on a budget, dive gear express has a frameless mask following the same designs as apex, aqualung, etc.

If your beard is super thick, smear some Vaseline on it right under your nose to help create a better seal.

Αλεχιος
Αλεχιος
3 years ago

This was awesome! I’ve got a bundle of dives but 2020 ended that for me. Restarting with a refresher next week and your tips are golden mate!

RVbilly
RVbilly
3 years ago

Can you do a review on the dui Cortez

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Reply to  RVbilly
3 years ago

We don’t have an DUI contacts so not likely at the moment.

Darren Jerome
Darren Jerome
3 years ago

Thanks again, Simon! Your insights have made my diving both safer and more enjoyable.

Ajay Nangalia
Ajay Nangalia
3 years ago

awesome tips!! thanks

Scuba Diver Magazine
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Reply to  Ajay Nangalia
3 years ago

Hey Ajay Nangalia, glad you enjoyed the video.

Andrew Hobbs
Andrew Hobbs
3 years ago

As a brand new diver. I mean brand new, passed open water yesterday in blue grotto florida. My first hard learned lesson was exposure suit!!!!

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Reply to  Andrew Hobbs
3 years ago

Hey Andrew Hobbs, glad you enjoyed the video.

Mako
Mako
Reply to  Andrew Hobbs
3 years ago

Nice, I live close to blue grotto. It does get pretty cold but the ocean gets frigid in the winter. A good exposure suit is always a good idea, even in warm water.

Andrew Hobbs
Andrew Hobbs
Reply to  Andrew Hobbs
3 years ago

Took 11 mils haha. Pretty skinny and getting older. I remember when I would stay in even when my lips turned blue. Still blue grotto was absolutely beautiful

David Hardcastle
David Hardcastle
3 years ago

Good to see you again.

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Reply to  David Hardcastle
3 years ago

Hello David Hardcastle, thanks for watching.

Kim Smith
Kim Smith
3 years ago

Great video. Keep them coming…

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Reply to  Kim Smith
3 years ago

Thanks, will do!

///RONTOURAGE ///
///RONTOURAGE ///
3 years ago

Good to see you Mark! Not sure what happened to Simply Scuba. Stop whispering, lol!

Ali Alkhatib
Ali Alkhatib
Reply to  ///RONTOURAGE ///
3 years ago

Mark has his own channel now @safediving

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Reply to  ///RONTOURAGE ///
3 years ago

Hey ///RONTOURAGE ///, glad you enjoyed the video.

calkelpdiver
calkelpdiver
3 years ago

You talked a couple of times about gear management, which is good. But I think you missed the point about packing your bag so you can “dress” out of it and then back into it. When deck space is limited you need to dress out and into your bag so as not to lose items or get them mixed up with someone else’s gear. Finally, one thing I always taught my students was to have their fin straps adjusted properly before getting up to the entry point. That way you aren’t messing with the straps (and can tighten them too much) and can quickly get them on and yourself into the water. Also, later when exiting the water on the ladder you can quickly get the fins off. A good fitting fin (open heal) on your bootie should only have the heal straps snug on the foot, too tight and you will cause foot cramps during the dive.

Drake Learning
Drake Learning
3 years ago

Could you talk more about the live aboard option for dive trips?

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Reply to  Drake Learning
3 years ago

It’s on the list.

Elmo
Elmo
3 years ago

Anchored boats almost always face the current… useful to know.

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Reply to  Elmo
3 years ago

Hello Elmo, thanks for sharing.

Ivory Johnson
Ivory Johnson
3 years ago

Been missing you

Dive instructor Daniel
Dive instructor Daniel
3 years ago

Nice Video. But the fin part: seems like everyone is wearing mares Quattro fins nowadays 😂 a great tip is to mark your fins so everyone can identify you underwater

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Reply to  Dive instructor Daniel
3 years ago

Good tip!

Musiknird
Musiknird
Reply to  Dive instructor Daniel
3 years ago

I have written texts underneath my fins. One says “CHECK YOUR AIR” and the other says “Don’t follow me I’m lost too.” Love seeing my customers reaction to it every single dive.

Janina Cooper
Janina Cooper
3 years ago

Great tips, thank you Mark!!!

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Janina Cooper
3 years ago

Glad it was helpful!

Kirbythediver
Kirbythediver
3 years ago

Why don’t you advertise this channel on simply scuba? Been subbed to the other for 2 years, just now finding this one. This channel seems 10x more fleshed out

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Kirbythediver
3 years ago

We do not have an involvement with Simply Scuba so that isn’t something we could do.

Kirbythediver
Kirbythediver
Reply to  Kirbythediver
3 years ago

@Scuba Diver Magazine but that’s Mark, from simply scuba.

Kirbythediver
Kirbythediver
Reply to  Kirbythediver
3 years ago

@Devine . 34 years ago Updated this channel isn’t new, its over 3 years old with videos dating back over a year ago

Christopher Thompson
Christopher Thompson
3 years ago

So has Simply SCUBA gone forever?

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Christopher Thompson
3 years ago

I believe the business has been rescued, but to what extent we’re not sure yet.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Christopher Thompson
3 years ago

+Christopher Thompson no it’s been brought by another company from the administrators.

Scuba Steve and Underwater Rock Climbing
Scuba Steve and Underwater Rock Climbing
3 years ago

Rip simply scuba

Ali Alkhatib
Ali Alkhatib

Mark has his own channel now @safediving

Tian
Tian

Under new ownership
Simply Scuba is now part of Internet Fusion Group.

Blue Horizon Diving
Blue Horizon Diving
3 years ago

Good video for new divers

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Blue Horizon Diving
3 years ago

Thanks 👍

Mark Yuile
Mark Yuile
3 years ago

Great video again thanks! I have just got my open water after having to wait 8 months. These practical pearls wisdom make so much more sense now. I am going to have re- watch your whole play list now to pick up what I missed. LOL

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Mark Yuile
3 years ago

Wonderful!

Oren Noah
Oren Noah
3 years ago

Bring a refillable water bottle with you, either to the shore dive or onto the dive boat. Don’t use single use plastic bottles.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Oren Noah
3 years ago

Good one.

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Oren Noah
3 years ago

+Oren Noah sound advice

Leopold Bloom
Leopold Bloom
3 years ago

Words of wisdom! 👌🏻

Start Duiken
Start Duiken
3 years ago

Love the video again! Thnxs

Scuba Diver Magazine
Scuba Diver Magazine
Reply to  Start Duiken
3 years ago

Thanks again!

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