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5 Tips to Streamline Gear for Easy Diving

Wearing just enough weight underwater allows your BC to save air.


Wearing just enough weight underwater allows your BC to save air

Staying streamlined underwater has many benefits, from reducing your risk of snagging hoses on delicate corals to improving air consumption by reducing drag as you swim. Follow these five tips to help stay sleek on your next dive.

  1. CARRY ONLY WHAT YOU NEED: Loading down the D-rings with so much gear you look like a Christmas tree is a common mistake divers make. Instead of clipping on every gadget you own for every dive, be selective according to your dive plan. Shallow reef ? Leave the stage bottle behind. Wreck penetration?
    Trade your fish ID cards for a reel and dive lights.

  2. MINIMIZE AND SECURE HOSES: Never leave your hoses hanging, and cut out extra hoses when you can. For example, using a computer with a remote air sensor will eliminate the need for a high-pressure hose. Otherwise, make sure your octopus and gauges are clipped securely to your BC, with the hoses routed properly under your arms.

  3. STOW THE SNORKEL: For many divers, a snorkel can be cumbersome underwater, and a snag hazard. Sure, your open-water instructor said it was required equipment. But honestly, when is the last time you used it while scuba diving? Instead of clipping it on your mask, opt for a collapsible model that fits in your BC pocket.

  4. DIAL IN YOUR WEIGHT: Wearing too much weight underwater forces you to over inflate your BC, which causes drag and burns more air. Wear just enough weight that when you exhale completely at the surface, you sink to eye level. You’ll have to work a little to descend at first, but once you’re 5 to 10 feet down, you’ll have near-perfect buoyancy, without adding any air to your BC.

  5. GET THE RIGHT FIT: Comfortable, well-fitting gear is another key to staying streamlined, and the most important pieces to consider are your wetsuit and BC. The best way to get the right fit is to visit your local dive shop, where you can take your time to find the make, model and size that suit you perfectly. However, if you plan to use rental gear, show up at the dive center a little earlier than normal so you have time to try on a few sizes before heading to the boat.

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Gear Profile: Cressi Leonardo Dive Computer


Leonardo Dive Computer

An elegant expression of simple, functional design, the Leonardo is a must-have for divers entering the sport and those who “just want to dive.”
A single button interface makes it effortless to program Air, Nitrox and Gauge modes the first time a diver picks the computer up, and an edge-to-edge, high-definition screen gives large numerical displays in a computer that is still compact and travel-friendly.

Technical Features:
• Air, Nitrox and Gauge modes
• FO2 adjustable between 21% and 50%
• PO2 adjustable between 1.2 bar and 1.6 bar
• CNS oxygen toxicity graphic indicator
• Single button interface (short push changes function, longer push selects functions)
• Three levels of user-adjustable conservatism
• User-selectable Deep Stop function
• Modified Haldne and Wienke algorithm
• Tissues: 9 with saturation hemi-phases between 2.5 and 480 minutes
• Ascent rate alarm (10 m per minute)
• Log book for 60 dives/75 hours of information with 20-second sampling rate
• Battery life indicator
• Distinct, easy-to-hear audible alarms
• User changeable battery
• Adjustable unit of measure: English or Metric
• Backlit display
• Built-in calendar and clock
• The instrument may be fully reset, in case of renting
• PC/Mac interface with dive profile (optional)

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