Previously (check our previous Buoyancy Sessions) you learnt how to be proper weighted and to perform a perfect descent . Once at the bottom, it is time to decide in which position will you swim. That “small” decision is more important that what may seem. Today we introduce you a new word: The Trim.
WHY IS TRIM IMPORTANT?
It is important to understand that water is a medium 800 times more dense than the air. Therefore, any movement in this habitat will cost us a huge amount of energy. When diving, one of our main objectives is to be as still as possible to avoid useless energy losses. When you waste energy underwater you dramatically increase your air consumption. In turn, it is important to maintain your position as hydrodynamic as possible. Think that advancing is the action to which we will devote the most energy while we dive. Let’s take a look to the divers:
2 – Direction:
When kicking diver A will ascend diagonally. If he knows how to back kick he can go down diagonally. By breathing in or adding air to the BC he will ascend. Deflating or exhaling he will descend. -It is impossible that he can perform a perfect and efficient forward displacement-His only options are to go up or down-Due to the fact that when he kicks he ascends, it will create on him the false feeling that he needs more weight -He will move in an ascent /descent inertia. His buoyancy will be in constant change on each kickThis vertical position brings him only disadvantages.
This diver obtains a great amount of possibilities while maintaining the horizontal position. When swimming he will move forward. By back kicking he could move backwards. Inflating the BC or breathing in he will go upwards and the opposite while exhaling or deflating BC. Thus, the diver B can move efficiently in any direction. He won’t get any false buoyant feeling every time he kicks. The horizontal position brings us only advantages.
3 – Respect
This is the most important point. You might think that a bad trim is just something that affects you. But it is not. If you have a bad trim, others will pay for it. When swimming in vertical position, you move a great amount of water towards the bottom. If this bottom is sandy, you will be lifting a large amount of sediment. You will be dramatically reducing the visibility for any diver coming after you and yes, most probably he will hate you.
Take your next step. Improve Your Trim!