How do you enter the water on a boat dive?

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asked Sep 4, 2017 in Scuba Diving by frontbeast (2,220 points)
edited Sep 4, 2017 by frontbeast
Im going on a rib. And this Will be My frist. Fall back i to the Water. What to hold on to... Mask etc.  What should i do frist Thing. One i hit the Water. There might be wind and waves. There Will be more divers. Experienced ones. But id like to know as much as you can tell me before i go. Thank you

7 Answers

+3 votes
answered Sep 4, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
Tuck in every thing you can with your left hand and arm. With your right hold your mask and reg. Of course have reg. In mouth. Surface after roll in and hold on to the RIB if conditions are rough. If not just float on the surface and change over to snorkel unless condition are rough. Check your dive buddy and if their ready to drop down both head down. When under water you check your dive buddy and they check you. If everything is ok have a fun dive.
commented Sep 4, 2017 by frontbeast (2,220 points)
Thank you. That i Will remember
commented Sep 4, 2017 by Cvet (3,369 points)
Getting back in can be really easy too, hang clips off the RIB. When you come up clip off you dive equipment, and keep your fins on and swim up and into the RIB. Then pull your equipment into the boat. We did this in Monterey Bay for seven years.
commented Sep 13, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
You left out one thing. Put some air in your BCD.
+1 vote
answered Sep 13, 2017 by claireb0722 (100 points)
I prefer to back roll into the water as I feel there's less chance of having your mask get displaced, but many boats only allow giant stride entry. Best to get comfortable with both types of entry as you may not have a choice.
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answered Sep 14, 2017 by Gatornbama (311 points)
The ONLY way to enter off a boat is the way the Captain instructs you too. I have only been on half a dozen shore dives, so extremely inexperienced with those. All of my dives have been boat dives, with Captains from the states to  Bora Bora, from big, fancy outfits, to small, dinky familly outfits. They all have their preference and they will instruct you, so just listen and pay attention.
+1 vote
answered Sep 15, 2017 by gsanders (400 points)
BCD fully inflated, lhead straight looking at horizon, hand covering mask and regulator, take a long stride to enter water.
+1 vote
answered Sep 18, 2017 by benscuba (303 points)
Don't worry, the best way to enter the water on a boat is with a giant stride. Back rolling isn't so bad but the easiest way is the stride.
+1 vote
answered Sep 19, 2017 by Brilliant1 (595 points)
Backroll from a rib.

Giant stride from a swim step.

Hold you mask, regulator & snorkel to keep them on impact.
+1 vote
answered Sep 21, 2017 by Davidb (1,816 points)
The best answer is Gatornbamas. Listen to the captain. They are always more qualified than we are. If there was any advice that I could give, it would be to take your time, it's not a race. Ask for guidance if you are concerned, as there is no shame. Virtually all of the boats that I have been on have divemasters  that would be more than happy to help. And if you aren't comfortable with a giant stride or rolling off the back, just let them know and they will make special accommodations. As I am sure you have heard, rule #1 I diving is to breathe, but rule #2 should be to be safe and have fun.
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