Look Ma, no hands, knees or fins!

Swimmers who are new to diving tend to have a bad habit of using their hands to swim.

Tender hands tend to get cut on sharp coral, especially if divers are unaware of their position in the water.

Knees and fins are also commonly seen on reefs, kicking up silt and breaking delicate coral.

Getting your hands and legs under control is one of the first things new divers should concentrate on.

Get streamlined and start to look like a real diver!

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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