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Como esta tu consumo de aire cuando buceas ?

air consumption

I am going to talk to you about some causes why some divers consume so much air during their dives … The reasons may depend on various and different factors … I will share some tips to improve your air consumption.

Air consumption varies from person to person since each person has their own consumption rate.
Beginning divers usually consume more air because they are so excited to dive … with practice, they will learn to relax and fully enjoy diving.
When you gain experience, your consumption tends to decrease considerably.

In your theoretical and practical Open Water Diving Course you will learn to plan your dive and to be very responsible with monitoring your air consumption … although for your peace of mind, the cylinder has an air reserve … it is rarely used.
Safety is the most important and main guideline of our dive.
There are different and varied factors that influence not having an optimal air consumption when diving … for example:

Body Factors
Each body is different and we all have characteristics and a different body constitution that obviously influences our air consumption when diving.

Body weight
This influences the consumption of divers because the higher the body weight, the greater the consumption … although there are some people who break the rule because with a high body weight they manage to have surprisingly low intakes.

Be in shape
This means that if we are  fit.. we excercise frequently . we need less energy to move our body and thus our consumption will also be lower.

Musculature
Having good muscle tone helps us reduce air consumption when we dive because the flapping of a strong diver will drive more and therefore we will need less flaps to advance the same … so if you are in great physical shape your strength / weight ratio will be more efficient.
Although overly muscular divers may have high air intake because their muscles need more oxygen to nourish them.

Lung capacity
Any athlete who practices a cross-country sport … such as cycling … cross-country athletics etc. usually have a large lung capacity because in each breath they can take in a lot of air … which reverts to a high air consumption … but as These athletes are light, which means that in the end one thing is compensated by the other.

2- Environmental factors
Some of the environmental factors that influence a diver’s air consumption are:

Depth
Less depth = less consumption .. This is learned by taking the Open Water course but it is very important to take it into account.
If we want to have a longer dive, it is best to stay shallower.
I recommend that if you dive with a group and you already know that you are the diver that consumes the most … the most convenient thing is to try to equate your consumption with that of the rest of the group, always staying (with your diving partner) a few meters above the rest.

Current
It is obvious that during the dive having a current against it negatively influences your consumption because we have to flap more and also stronger and therefore requires an extra contribution of energy and therefore a greater consumption of air.
In these situations you should be monitoring your pressure gauge more frequently because it
markedly increases air consumption.

Other factors that can also increase our consumption are:

Tiredness If you did not sleep well or are tired before diving … it will undoubtedly affect your air consumption.

Stress
If you suffer from stress during the dive or previously, your body’s reaction will be to shake your breath, which will also greatly influence your consumption.

The best attitude is to relax because in our immersion you will only find peace and a wonderful world …..

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