Discover how to consume little air while diving

Written by Yuliia Kliusa
04/17/2024 08:31:56 en Tips | 4 comments

Surely it has happened to you at some point that when you and your partner got out of the water, you had a different amount of air in the tank, and in some cases this amount has even been very noticeable.

Well, that's because there are some differences in each person's way of diving and obviously the experience. Later we will explain some tricks that can help you improve your air consumption under water and in the same way lengthen your immersion time.

1. Controlled breathing. Yes, exactly, breathing has to be controlled, and above all relaxed. Breathe slowly and deeply, taking all the air out of your lungs and in the same way take it back in. This will not only provide you with low air consumption, but you will also improve gas exchange, your dive will be calmer and you will get less tired.

2. Buoyancy. Buoyancy is a very important point in diving, on which your quality of immersion and also air consumption depend. If your buoyancy is good, you will not depend so much on inflating and deflating the jacket, in many cases and with little difference in depth change, you will be able to control your buoyancy only with your lungs, that is, with your breathing. Remember that the lungs, like the jacket, have air inside, so this also has an influence. There is an exercise that you have probably practiced in your Open Water course called "Pivoting" and it shows you how you can use your breathing to go up and down while you are in neutral buoyancy. If you control your buoyancy well, you will move the fins less to compensate for your negative buoyancy and you will obviously get less tired, and you will use less air.

3. Volume. The more volume your equipment will have, the more water you will have to move, and it is very likely that you will use more air. So make sure you don't carry unnecessary things during your dive.

4. Position. The position in the water has to be horizontal, that way you will be able to move more easily and use less air.

5. Weight. It is important to correctly choose the weight of weights that you will use during the dive, which will depend on: type of water (salt or fresh), type and thickness of your wetsuit, your body weight, type and size of the bottle you are going to carry and of course your experience. If the weight is chosen correctly, you will notice it both in your air consumption and in the quality of your dive. You will feel more comfortable and lighter, which will help you move more easily in the water, and you will not make as much effort to move forward, then you will get less tired and use less air.

6. Good physical condition. Leading a healthy lifestyle, not smoking and exercising, will prevent you from getting tired faster than normal, especially on dives where you may see some current and you will have to fin more frequently.

7. Calm flapping. You're not doing a marathon, you don't have to run! Swim calmly, enjoy your fluttering and breathing. By flapping our wings very quickly, we accelerate our breathing and consume much more.

8. Thermal insulation. Depending on the temperature of the water where you are going to dive, you have to put on a suitable suit. It is not very comfortable to be cold during the dive, it will make you consume more air and cause hypothermia.

9. Depth. The deeper we dive, the more air we consume.

10. Experience. Dive, dive and dive….! Only by practicing will you be able to control all the previous points, and you will also gain more diving experience in general. In each dive and regardless of your level you will be able to learn something new.


Feedback from our users.
Gemma 30 November 2021

Spending little air underwater is one of the things that costs the most, and especially for novices. I find these tips very useful to improve consumption.

Berta 26 April 2021

I took the Open Water last year and I have about 30 dives today. My air consumption is not too great, but I realized that some of my colleagues spend much less, even though it is true that they have more experience in diving. However, according to this article I see that experience is not the only factor that can influence air consumption. I find the article very interesting and I think it is quite useful for newbies.

Laura 15 March 2021

I am a diver and I find these tips very useful.

Alex 23 December 2020

What good advice! Thanks for sharing!

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