How far do you descend before you go horizontal?

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asked Mar 31, 2018 in Scuba Diving by frontbeast (2,220 points)
Overheard a descussion by som local divers. If on open water. Debating How fare they went feet first before they started "diving" around. One straight after hes head went under. The other looking at hes computer and then set a goal. This confusing me a bit. Us there a right ir wrong way. Im still a newbie and have only done beach entering.

4 Answers

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answered Apr 2, 2018 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Deprnds on the dive I guess. I plan my dive and descend to my planned depth (deepest part of the dive) before begining my dive. Start the dive at the deepest point and progress shallower be fore ending the dive.
+1 vote
answered Apr 3, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
I go horizontal shortly after my head breaks the surface. It makes it easier to have a slow, controlled descent and provides a great view of the dive area before I reach the planned depth.
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answered Apr 13, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
For me it is about equalization. It’s much easier for me to equalize in a feet first position. Especially During the first atm where the pressure variance is greatest. After that, i just see how I feel and make a decision from there.
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answered Jun 8, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
Depends on how deep the reef is.
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