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Do You Need To Be Strong To Scuba Dive?

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If you are thinking about to learning to scuba dive as a hobby, you might be asking; do you need to be strong to scuba dive?

You don’t need to be strong to scuba dive as long as you are generally fit and healthy and able to lift the heavy weight of your scuba equipment out of water. The heaviest equipment you will need to lift is an air tank and your weight belt, but once you’re underwater these feel virtually weightless.

Although you need to be able to lift your dive cylinder on your back, you will be able to have your dive buddy help you with lifting it.

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Do you need to be physically fit to scuba dive?

You do need to be physically fit to scuba dive as you will need to carry the heavy equipment when you’re out of the water and scuba diving puts certain pressures on your body as a result of water pressure at depth. If you’re uncertain about your physical fitness to dive consult your doctor first.

How strong do you need to be to scuba dive?

To scuba dive you need to lift your dive cylinder on your back, which is the heaviest of all scuba equipment. A 12 litre steel cylinder is 13.4kg (29.54lbs) and a 11.1 litre aluminium cylinder is 14.2kg (31.3lbs). You also need to carry your weight belt, which will be about 10% of your body weight.

What to be aware of with fitness and strength when scuba diving

If you are scuba diving from a boat, you need to be aware that you will need to move around the boat fulling kitted, which includes your fins, this can make it challenging especially if there is a bit of a swell in the sea. search worldwide destinations

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If this article hasn’t answered all of your questions. If you have more questions either about snorkeling or scuba diving (or specifically about do you need to be strong to scuba dive), please comment below with your questions.

There will also be many more articles about scuba and scuba diving safety tips (and on snorkeling too) for you to read and learn about this fabulous sport.

Do You Need To Be Strong To Scuba Dive?

Article written by Russell Bowyer who has been a scuba diver since diving on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia in 1989. After his first dive he trained as a BSAC diver in the UK. He attained his Diver Leader certification with BSAC. He then went on to become a scuba diving instructor, teaching others how to dive and was voted as Diving Officer and Treasurer for the Saffron Walden BSAC club too. Russell has dived all over the world, including the UK, on liveaboards in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, South Africa and the USA. Russell is experienced in all dive types, including drift diving, deep dives that involved decompression stops and recreational dives too.

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