diver diving backwards

Why Do Scuba Divers Dive Backwards?

Safety is always paramount whenever you take part in diving activities. Diving safely means having a well-thought-out dive plan. And sticking to it. Clearly displaying a diver down flag is also essential. This indicates to passing boats that you’re diving in the area.

The boat you’re diving from should be stable. Suitable for sea conditions. And not overloaded. And you should be aware of how to safely enter the water. Why do scuba divers dive backwards? Read on…

Understanding the Backward Roll

Why do divers fall backwards? This frequently asked question can be answered quite simply. It’s the most effective and safest method of entering the water. All your gear will be put on as you’re on the deck of the boat. Then you’ll sit on a platform with your back to the water.

After double checking the area is clear, you’ll be advised to place your right hand over the regulator. And use your fingertips to stabilise the mask. Use your left hand to keep any loose hoses in place, or at your side. As you tuck your chin in towards your chest you can fall back into the water.

Falling backwards is easier on your body as entering the water even from just a few feet can be demanding.

Reasons for This Different Dive Style

Scuba divers dive backwards from a large dive boat with one hand on the face mask. And the other hand on the weight belt. On smaller boats holding four to six divers you can hold your mask onto your face and back roll into the water.

Jumping into the water feet first would cause your fins to hit the water. This could damage your fins. And could injure you. If you dive in head first your mask could shatter, or slip off. Your tank valve could hit you on the back of your head. And any discomfort can bring on a feeling of panic.

When you’re facing away from the water, you’ll have better control over your equipment. And be able to keep a hold on your facemask preventing it from filling with water, or losing it altogether. The tank on your back breaks the tension of the water and you’ll dive in more smoothly.

For small boats, the backward roll is the best option to stabilise the boat. As you exit, the boat may rock dramatically, and the backward roll keeps this unsteadiness to a minimum.

Other Entry Techniques

The Seated Entry

As long as you have a platform that’s close to the surface you can sit fully kitted out on the edge of the boat with your legs over the side. You can then lift your body over the edge with both arms and then turn around so that you’re facing the boat. This method is ideal if you’ve got limited space entry, or an unstable surface.

The Giant Stride

When you have a stable platform on the dive boat you can gear up and stand on the edge of the platform with your fins hanging over the edge. Put your hand securely on your regulator and mask. And do a final check that the water is clear before you take a large step into the water – far enough to avoid your tank accidentally hitting the side of the boat.

Dive Backwards with the Experts

When you go scuba diving in Playa del Carmen with Koox Diving masters you’ll get to know all the tricks of the trade! And diving backwards off the boat in a full dive gear set will be closely monitored by your guide – who’s got years of diving experience. And your safety will always be top priority.