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8 Essential Scuba Diving Techniques


It’s easy with time to forget some of the basic diving techniques that we learned in our scuba training courses. To refresh your memory here are 8 diving tips that will help you to dive like a Pro, whatever your level, and enjoy safer and more comfortable dives.

Bunaken scuba diver

Dive like a pro

Scuba Diving Tips and Techniques

1. Keep a Logbook

If you haven’t done so already, keep a logbook. It’s not just for recording your marine life sightings. You can keep track of your air consumption, and weights required when using different gear and note down when equipment has been serviced. If used fully, logbooks are an invaluable tool that will save you time later.

Diving technique logbook

Keep a logbook, logbooks are an invaluable tool which will save you time later.

2. Always Use Good Judgment

Remember to use good judgment in every aspect of diving. If you don’t feel 100% fit, take a rest day. At Murex, we offer numerous North Sulawesi tours or you can chill out at the poolside after being pampered in the spa.

3. Listen Your Guide

Listen to dive site briefings. Murex Dive Resort Dive Guides have 1000’s of dive experience in these waters and give thorough briefings so you know what to expect from each dive site before getting into the water. They’ll also give important information such as maximum depth, dive time, buddy pairs, relevant diving techniques, and incredible marine life to look out for.

Dive guide briefing Murex

Listen to dive site briefings

4. Buddy Checks

Remember to make your buddy checks. These are not just for beginners. Take your time and go slowly through the steps: BCD, Weights, Releases, Air, and Final Okay. When checking your air, watch your gauge to make sure the needle does not move when you breathe.


For a refresher on being a great dive buddy, check out our previous guide on the topic: 5 Ways to be a better buddy.

5. Always Control

Problems beginning the descent? Make sure you fully extend your inflator hose above your head to allow the BCD to deflate. Look down and breathe out slowly while remaining calm. Maintain a head up, feet down position, and equalize often.


Controlling your descent when wall diving in Bunaken is important so you don’t go too deep. Also when reef or muck diving in Bangka and Lembeh, you don’t make contact with the bottom.

6. Improve Your Buoyancy

Get to grips with your buoyancy. Try not to feel frustrated if it takes you the first couple of dives to get back into it – buoyancy is one of the more difficult diving techniques to master. Perform a buoyancy check at the start of your dive and remember to compensate for when your tank becomes more buoyant at the end of the dive.


Don’t overweight yourself though – you’ll use more air and be less streamlined in the water. Improve your buoyancy and you’ll be conserving the amazing dive sites of Bunaken, Bangka, and Lembeh here in North Sulawesi.

buoyancy diving techniques

Buoyancy is one of the more difficult diving techniques to master.

7. Take it Slowly

When you are underwater, take it slowly – diving is not a race! By maintaining neutral buoyancy you’ll find that you can move easily through the water and your air will last longer. Here in North Sulawesi, we have one of the most diverse marine systems on the planet. Slow down and you’ll see even more of it.

8. Do Not Be Afraid!

Don’t be afraid to ask! Our Murex Dive Guides are underwater experts so if there is anything you are not sure of or diving techniques you need some assistance with, just let them know and they will be happy to help.


Craving an unforgettable underwater adventure? Discover 10 reasons why North Sulawesi should be your next diving destination!

The Underwater Adventure Awaits

Scuba diving unlocks a world of underwater wonder, but mastering its techniques ensures a safe and enjoyable experience. With these tips and ongoing practice, you’ll be well on your way to diving like a pro.

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Three distinct destinations brought together by Passport to Paradise


Ready to embark on an unforgettable diving adventure? Our “Passport to Paradise” package takes you on a breathtaking journey through three distinct North Sulawesi locations: Bangka, Bunaken, and Lembeh.


Contact us today You can also check our rates guide for further information.


We looking forward to welcoming you to one of our beautiful resorts in North Sulawesi soon.

Further Reading

  1. How to Take Care Your Scuba Diving Mask
  2. 5 Top Spots to Dive in Bangka
  3. Discover the Benefits Learn Freediving in North Sulawesi


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