Scuba diving in Barbados is ideal for all scuba divers of every certification level and experience. Enjoy great colourful reefs that are full of life. Plus dive on some great wrecks both shallow and deep.
If you get separated from your dive buddy during a dive, stop and do a slow visual 360-degree spin. In doing so always remember to look up and down too. Look for telltale signs like your buddy’s bubbles or any disturbance of silt or sand on the bottom. If you have an audio buddy signaling device like a tank banger or a similar, and if you can’t spot your buddy, use it to see if your buddy can locate you from the sound.
The reason why scuba tanks are filled in cold water is that a warm dive tank holds less air at a given pressure than a cool scuba tank does at the same pressure. This means that as the air inside the tank cools, the pressure of the air will decrease. Therefore by controlling the temperature of the dive tank during the filling process will increase the amount of air available when the tank is used on the next dive.
Quick answer to the question do empty scuba tanks float: Empty steel tanks don’t float but are less negatively buoyant. Whereas aluminium dive tanks float when they are empty or at the point of reserve air.
Scuba tanks are made out of two types of material. This is either aluminum, or actually aluminum alloy or steel. Each type has different properties, where for example steel cylinders are tougher than aluminium, making them resistant to damage. Whereas aluminum tanks are much lighter and less expensive than steel tanks.
Buddy Commando Profile BCD that has lasted for nearly 30 years without breakage or failure. It was only in the 29th year when diving in Barbados that the shoulder clips broke. This happened when donning the BCD which was attached to a 15 litre dive tank.