What is “Neutral Buoyancy”?

During your PADI Open Water course you will have learned about neural buoyancy. You will also have performed a ‘hover’ both in the pool and at open water for various durations.

Perfecting the art of ‘neutral buoyancy’ is one of the most important skills in diving... But what does it really mean to be neutrally buoyant?

What is neutral buoyancy?

Neutral buoyancy is a condition in which a physical body’s average density is equal to the density of the fluid in which it is immersed. The buoyancy offsets the force of gravity that would otherwise cause it to either sink (if the body’s density is greater than the density of the fluid in which it is immersed) or rise (if it is less). An object that has neutral buoyancy will neither sink nor rise.

So, how do I become neutrally buoyant?

Correct weighting and good breathing control are both key to diving neutrally buoyant. Ensuring that you are not wearing too much lead will make this so much easier to achieve.
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