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5 Tips on Making A Negative Entry

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There are times when scuba divers need to dive fast, whether it’s time to help another diver or just avoid awful surface weather. In such circumstances, a negative entry isn’t just the greatest strategy but also looks super cool. It’s also known as negative buoyancy descent, and it’s advised if you’re diving in an area with intense surface currents and rough waves.
Negative entries demand courage and familiarity in the water because you’re going down quickly instead of checking your equipment at the surface. Here are some tips to help you make a negative entry when you go scuba diving.

Set In Your Lead

You can’t stand on the boat completing a weight check and requesting extra lead when you have to make a negative entry. That’s why you need to be aware of your ideal weight. If you’re unsure, there’s no harm in adding a few more pounds that’ll help take you down when you’re about to go scuba diving.

Prepare To Jump

For negative entry, both the typical huge stride and the back-roll work well. However, since you’re heading directly down, release all the air from your BC before you start. Also, hold your mask and regulator, so they stay in place when you’re about to jump off the boat.

Dive In Like An Expert

When you’re about to dive into the water, expel all the air out of your lungs with one big breath. This helps eliminate any excess buoyancy. Simultaneously, keep your torso straight and your arms in so that the force of your leap can take you underwater. When you’re a few feet in the water, begin breathing naturally.

You can either drop face-up or turn your head downward to kick down. In these circumstances, it’s easy to get distracted and forget how deep you’re in the water. If you’re going deep too fast, fill your BCD with air on the way down.

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Equalize Periodically

This is a critical stage. When scuba diving in Aqaba, your ears and breathing need to be top priorities. It’s common to overlook or ignore equalization, which might lead to issues. You can damage or hurt your ears, causing swelling and making it difficult to equalize and go deeper.

This means that your dive will be finished far too soon. If you ignore it for too long, it can result in long-term harm to your ears. That’s why equalizing your ears is important. You shouldn’t delay yourself to the point where your ears start hurting. Equalize before you feel the need to.

Don’t Forget Your Dive Buddy

In these instances, you don’t necessarily have to congregate with your dive buddies at the top. You can meet after you’ve done your dive, which is normally approximately 30 feet (10 meters) or whatever depth is required to escape beneath the strong currents.

When you reach this level, regulate your buoyancy to be neutral and find your team and/or partner. Check that everybody is there before proceeding with the dive plan.

With Deep Blue Dive Center by your side, you wouldn’t have to worry about anything going wrong; we have diving experts present on our boat diving trips who assist you on your dives. We also offer daily diving in Aqaba as well as other courses: PADI advanced courses, pro courses, and e-learning courses.

Contact us for any further information.