I知 still relatively new to diving. And am relying on rental equipment for the moment. So each time I dive or should I say each set of diving that I do usually requires me to use different equipment.
I have benefitted from it. Had I been in the UK when certified I would have likely bought all my gear before the first class, and by now looking to replace some of it.
I have used a few masks that I really liked and decided on certain items that I felt work well for me. I have had the opportunity to try out a back plate and wing that I felt will be my preferred choice for my setup. And have decided on my fins, Dive computer, torch, SMB style, bought my booties leaving the only thing I really need to work out is what suit and regulator kit( all the regs I have used have been as good as one another)
I have found that my buoyancy during the dive is fine. I can hold a line and get around objects get vertical to look under coral tables etc and feel really comfortable. Some comments made have led me to believe that I知 doing ok for my level of experience. I think its down to my high level of activity and my conscious effort to improve my skills that has benefitted me most.
I have been reading about Trim and my last set of dives I decided to see where I was. So whilst I was waiting for the others to join me and my buddy on the bottom (one was a little light on lead) I got horizontal and held it for a moment. I noticed my legs slowly sinking down and I started to turn belly up. So I shifted my weight belt a bit and got to the point where I was still dropping my feet but no longer turning over.
I guessed I would move a few lbs up onto the tank to try and balance myself out for the next dive. Sticking a weight onto the back of the tank made me vulnerable to turning belly up again and I had to move all my remaining weights front side to counteract it. My feet were still dipping.
I知 now thinking that due to my trim issues I must be constantly counteracting my negative feet in order to maintain my horizontal position in the water and look ok doing it. So this must be affecting my buoyancy.
Is my Buoyancy control there for artificial? I知 thinking I知 probably negatively buoyant and using my legs to push up to maintain neutral and level my trim at the same time.
Once I get my own kit I plan to spend some time in a pool somewhere with a camera to see how I am
Any tips on trim and whether I would be best suited to a wing or BCD as my first BC purchase would be much appreciated? I don稚 plan on getting tech but will develop my training and certifications over the coming years.