You will practice descents in your confined water sessions and your open water sessions. These will mostly be feet-first or head-up descents. Your instructor will teach you correct positioning and proper equalizing. There are a few points to remember when you descend in open water.
- You may be changing from fresh water to salt water, so adjust your weight accordingly.
- There are dive sites in the ocean that have currents where you will need to swim down. (These descents take more skill and are taught in additional courses.) Keep visual contact with your buddy or the dive leader. Orient yourself to the direction you wish to dive.
- Descend, together with your buddy, feet first for the first couple of meters or feet. When you have released all the air from your BCD, turn your head down, look where you are going, and swim down slowly while equalizing. (This is a skill that will take time to master, so we recommend further training.) Before you reach the bottom, establish neutral buoyancy to avoid kicking and silting up the bottom or destroying the reef.
- It is always a good idea to descend down a reference line or the boat anchor line. Stay oriented, and enjoy the dive.