- Don't dive over your head (so to speak). If dive conditions are too difficult for your current experience level, skip it.
- Ensure you?re properly weighted for the dive conditions.
- Distribute weights evenly around the belt and secure them in place.
- Cinch the belt tightly and re-secure it once you have reached depth.
- Keep accurate notes in your logbook about weighting and conditions. Refer to it before suiting up.
- Keep your hands occupied: grab your wrist, fold your arms or hold your console. Brian Courtney is Sport Diver's senior editor and a PADI instructor. If you have suggestions, tips or topics for his Diver Development column, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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