When diving in strong current, what is the best way to hold your position in order to rest?

+4 votes
asked Apr 19, 2017 in Scuba Diving by George1224 (5,147 points)
edited Apr 19, 2017 by Shark Zen

4 Answers

+3 votes
answered Apr 20, 2017 by revgramza (1,095 points)

My wife and I always carry a Fiji Stick (This exact one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Fiji-Stick-Scuba-Tank-Banger-Dive-Aqua-Tickle-stick-Tool-Noise-Maker-/262799066732 ).  It is great for holding position, pointing, pushing and making noise. We love it!

In strong current I prefer a simple reef hook.  Just hook on and hang out for a few minutes.  It is a great way to relax and enjoy the sea life. (https://www.amazon.com/Kinno-Scuba-Diving-Convenient-Storage/dp/B06VSK8BRK/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1492700382&sr=8-2&keywords=reef%2Bhook&th=1 )

+2 votes
answered Apr 19, 2017 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
Well, you really do not want to swim against the current, because nature will always win that battle, but to lessen the current you can swim close to the bottom, or close to anything because the current isnt't usually as strong near the bottom. If you are in an emergency position the best thing to do is to stay calm and let it run its course, and if you have to swim try swimming up down or left and right. I have been in this situation and it is scary, but I just headed to the surface and inflated my BCD and rested.
+2 votes
answered Apr 24, 2017 by dwnc (1,254 points)
The only time I was in this type of situation, we were able to swimming back in and the in and out of the surf was really strong.  We held onto reef (with dive gloves) when surf sucking out and used the ingoing waves to get in.  I always wear good pair of dive gloves.
0 votes
answered May 11, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
I try to find a large rock to hold on to, works every time.
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