1. Arrive for your dive in a fit state
It's Thailand. The beers are cheap, the bars are fun and you're on holiday. We totally get it. We want you to enjoy yourself. But more importantly to us, we want you to enjoy your diving experience. Heavy alcohol use will of course leave you dehydrated, which can cause a myriad of problems for divers. A hangover will increase your feelings of seasickness and there's some evidence to suggest it will increase your nitrogen intake whilst at depth. That's before we've even begun the talk about impaired judgement. If you feel like having a night out why not plan for an extra day at the end of your dive trip. That way you can sleep in and nurse your hangover in the comfort of your hotel room!
2.Listen to your DiveMaster or Instructor
These guys know their stuff and can help you out with tips on things like buoyancy and proper weighting. They also have a working experience of the dive sites which allows them to navigate you to the best spots increasing your chances of spotting awesome marine life. A trained eye will have an easier time finding those small, quirky and camouflaged creatures such as nudibranches, saw fish, scorpionfish and pipefish. Listen to their advice and follow their lead – they're there to make sure you enjoy your dive!
3.Relax, take your it easy
Diving should be a relaxed and enjoyable experience, right? One way to increase or extend your dive times is by decreasing your exertion underwater. Slow, controlled fin strokes, a good trim position and a relaxed swim during the dive will ultimately give you a better experience and afford you more time to spot some interesting sea creatures. Remember to plan your dives accordingly and don't try and fit too much into one dive. Slow and steady!
4.Practice your buoyancy
It's the cornerstone of being a good diver and something we never really stop working on. It starts with being properly weighted and continues with a number of ways to practice underwater. Breathing technique is important so practice your long, deep breaths in and out and note the changes in your buoyancy. Your 3 minute saftey stop at 5 metres is an excellent oppurtunity to practice your hover. Keep an eye on your depth and try to mantain it as close to 5 metres for the entire 3 minutes. You'll notice the improvement in no time at all!
5. Continue your education
The great thing about diving is that there's so many different aspects to explore. If you're open water certified, why not consider an advanced course to extend your maximum depth to 30 metres? Enjoy shipwrecks? Try the wreck specialty. Infact, there's a course for any kind of diving you can think of. Continuing your education will improve your knowledge and test your skills making you a better diver and increasing your dive experience. Ask your dive shop for more info on the next course that's right for you!