Get Ignored… Stop Moving…

Imagine you’re a fish, going about your daily fishy business, when you see a large bubbling creature with four appendages flailing about. Would you hang around to get a closer look? Most likely not!

By learning to use your equipment and breathing to control your buoyancy, you won’t need to use your hands to maintain your position in the water. Small, gentle movements of your fins will be all you need.

You will be able to get closer to the wildlife, and discover that the fish hang around a little longer. Rather than a fleeting view, you will be able to spend longer watching the action on the reef!

So stop moving, and get ignored by the fish!

Leon Boey is a GUE, HSA and PADI instructor based in Singapore and Bali. He runs the dive education centre Livingseas in Singapore, Bali and Jakarta. Diving since 2005, he first fell in love with wrecks. He enjoys all sorts of diving, and loves being surrounded by fish.

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