Find out exactly how deep you can dive

Any diving instructor has heard at least a question regarding the depth of dives once every couple of courses. Everybody seems to be interested in breaking their personal limits and conquering the depths of the oceans, but this subject is a tricky one especially because plenty of factors need to be taken into account when calculating the personal and general limits recommended in deep water diving. With the proper equipment and underwater camera gear to record the descent or surroundings, this experience could be one of the most memorable in a person’s life. The worst mistake anyone can make is to compare themselves to other divers, and even more experienced ones, in order to reach their records and even go beyond them. The best approach to deep water diving is to equip yourself with the very best diving gear, such as gas analyzers and scuba video lights, in order to better enjoy the extraordinary experience of submerging into the abyss.


The factors that influence a descent are also of other natures, apart from the technical one, and include the level of experience and training of the diver, as well as his or her personal tolerance to high pressure levels, that increases with the depth level. Consider the decompression status, which means that the deeper a descent is made, the shorter the no-decompression limit remains. To better explain this phenomenon, let us take the simple example of a diver going down to 40 feet. He or she will be able to maintain this depth for approximately 140 minutes, as this is the limitation of the air supply. Consequently, a diver going all the way to 130 feet can only stay at this level for 10 minutes before accumulating too much nitrogen in the body and risking decompression sickness. Going below that limit of 130 feet does not permit the diver to enjoy the results for too long and should definitely not be attempted in the lack of professional decompression dive trainings.


The majority of recreational scuba diving institutions limit the maximum allowed depth for experienced and certified divers at the level of 130 feet, which is highly recommended to all divers. In order to maintain a perfect degree of safety and not risk anything, most of the divers stick to this guideline and keep their dives within the above recommended limit. The current record for scuba diving in an open circuit is attributed to Pascale Bernabé, who managed to reach the amazing depth of 330 meters, or 1082 ft., but this is far from what young or beginner divers should attempt. Remember to enjoy the ride, not only the destination, and have the proper equipment to aid through the dive.


Overall, keep in mind that the level of experience you have has to be sufficiently extensive in order to go beyond 130 feet, so before you do so, try to enjoy and really take your time to discover the wonders of the underwater world enfolding right in front of you at much lower and more comfortable levels towards the surface.

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