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Scuba divers control their buoyancy to keep off the sea floor or from floating up to the surface, to avoid obstacles both above and below them, and to have a more relaxing dive with minimal physical effort. As a diver changes depth, they need to either add or release air from their buoyancy compensator (BC or BCD) to maintain neutral buoyancy. A diver in control of their buoyancy can move through the water with minimal fin input and breath control making the dive a lot more enjoyable (not to mention longer due to not using a lot of air inefficiently to maintain buoyancy control).

Buoyancy is not really used by scuba divers, but it does act against them. Since the human body and the gear during scuba diving is held up by the water, especially at farther down depths of the ocean, where the water is more dense because of the weight of the water and the air holding it down. Because of the buoyancy, the divers have to wear weights to offset this buoyancy. Since in scuba diving you use wetsuits, and since these suits have nitrogen bubbles to assist insulation, this makes you float even more. And since your cells contain lipids and other materiels that are lighter than the water, this makes you float even more. This means that scuba divers must use weights to offset the buoyancy.

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How do scuba divers control their buoyancy?

swallow water

How does a scuba diver become less or more bouynt?

The primary buoyancy control is by the mass of the equipment and weight-belt versus the diver's natural buoyancy and that of the suit; but divers also use an adjustable buoyancy jacket for fine control.

What is the collective noun of scuba divers?

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What is a buoyancy compensator?

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Equipment changes depending on the location of the dive and purpose. Basic equipment include, wetsuit, fins, snorkel and mask, lead weight, scuba tank, BCD (Buoyancy Compensation Device), and Regulator.

Before a diver dives will he will take a deep breath or hyperventilate?

Free divers do but scuba divers do not need to. Scuba divers take their air with them and would have no need to hyperventilate.

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How do scuba divers explore the underwater world through bouyancy?

Buoyancy is not required in order for a SCUBA diver to explore the underwater world. It is required only when his session is complete, and he wishes to rise to the surface, replenish his survival resources, and live to explore on another day.

How do divers float after sinking?

Divers adjust their buoyancy using their BCD (buoyancy control device) by adding or releasing air to maintain neutral buoyancy. By controlling their buoyancy, divers can achieve a state where they neither sink nor float, allowing them to hover at a desired depth.