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A few years ago I completed a scuba diving course that I soon found was the best course I ever did

Looking back a few years to the fortnight that eDiveSoftware hatched as an idea, there was a course that I decided to do that improved my diving and my enjoyment of this fantastic sport.

The course was the peak performance buoyancy specialty (PADI) and my diving instructor was Gaz (the diving knowledge behind eDive). Gaz would end up teaching me a number of courses during that two week stay diving in Runaway Bay in Jamaica. More courses followed after this holiday and Gaz and I now dive most months together as buddies in the UK. He has also since convinced me that cold water diving is fun as well !

We began by visiting the underwater site we had been to a few times that week using some nice dive gear from Mares and some Faber tanks. Within close proximity to each other are a small boat wreck and a light aircraft just off shore. The water was crystal clear with little current and great visibility and about 25m deep. A real underwater playground.

The basics of the course were to fine tune my buoyancy, learn about weight calculations and work on breath control. The maths was easy (although I now cheat a little as I have incorporated this into our application). The diving was awesome with me being shown a lot of excellent control and then trying to achieve this again and again. I sussed it quite quickly, but taking the time to focus on this area of my diving was well worth the effort. Gaz tried a variety of tricks with handing me additional weights and taking them off me and with me having to keep the same position using my lungs. Doing this upside down made it more complicated, but I am now totally happy whichever way up I am. Finning techniques to minimise disturbing the sand have come in handy when diving in much less visibility. I am not perfect, but don't do too badly.

It all sounds so simple, but having looked back at videos of my early days diving and comparing them to now, I can see the difference.

My arms are not flapping about, they are controlled and kept near my torso. I move with less effort, fine tuning with my breath as needed (only occasionally adjusting my BCD, Wing or dry suit). First time in a dry-suit in open (ish) water ? Very comfortable and I found good control upside down with my head a couple of inches from the quarry floor. The dry suit course from Bolton Area Divers (Carl the Master Instructor there was ace) helped a lot. Air consumption has improved as I am not fighting myself any more. Being relaxed improves the diving a huge amount.

Moving from a BCD to a Custom Divers wing took a little getting used to, but it is becoming second nature now. The positioning of the wing, tanks and weights meant I had to change my style a bit with the first dive inevitably being rubbish. All of the details I learned from the course serve me well in my regular diving. It has inspired a calm in me and a confidence and comfort that makes the diving more fun. We may well assume that we have always had good buoyancy control, but it is a skill to work on and improve and looking back, I have come a long way. It is a reasonably cheap course to complete, sounds like it is stating the bleeding obvious in many ways, but is a necessary skill to getting the most out of diving.

Ryan - one of the founders of eDiveSoftware