Some experts conclude that the majority of diving accidents happen on the surface of the water. That may be quite difficult to imagine, though after teaching diving for a great number of years you can begin to see why. It turns out that most people actually feel more uncomfortable on the surface. Once a diver is submerged under water, their training instantly kicks in and they know exactly how to conduct their bodies. Being on the surface on the other hand, is a very strange experience being in limbo between the surface and the submerged. The fact is, with your head above the surface, you instinctively try to keep your head above the surface and so kick excessively in an attempt to keep yourself afloat; neglecting to remember that you are in full scuba gear and should be careful to keep movements to a minimum.
The unrelenting tendency to fight and kick trying to stay on the surface while innate often leads to problems. On top of not only exhausting a diver but it can also cause problems with a divers gear. Anyone who struggles to float on the surface and begins to panic will not only cause themselves unnecessary exhaustion before even beginning, but also splash water into the goggles and breathing apparatus making it difficult to draw breath. Having said that, a person who can learn to relax on the surface, float on his/her back and fill their lungs with air can float and save energy. Learning to discipline oneself and practicing this in the moment can make a huge different in preventing any unnecessary harm or panic.
As divers, spending a large amount of time in the water is common, and so in order to remain safe one must learn to refrain from instinctual reactions and remember our training. Underwater this is of course much easier as in the subaquatic environment our bodies have no learned reflexes like those on the surface. It does take a great deal of training and effort to remain still on the surface. Even seasoned divers still occasionally feel the impulse to kick their feet on the surface; though given time and experience you can significantly reduce the rate of panic.
Again this take a great deal of practise so one must be sure to train as often as possible; a good way to do this is in a swimming pool. If you gear up and jump into a pool, you can practise your surface floating without being in any real danger; this will allow you to familiarise yourself with the weight of your gear and the best ways to position your body to best aid your floatation. There are a number of suitable diving schools and locations, among which; Scuba Diving in Phi Phi with Princess Divers is a very popular and wise choice. Koh Phi Phi in Thailand is an exceptional location for diving, and the Princess Divers School are one of the finest in the region offering a wealth of experience from a well-trained and friendly team of professionals.