Full control in Mexico
Caribbean Mexico is the sort of place where you need to be confident of your buoyancy skills – if you’re not, Pro Dive Mexico, a well-established PADI 5* Gold Palm Resort and IDC Centre located at several 4-5* Resorts along the Riviera Maya and in Cozumel, can offer the training required.
Its one-day, two-dive Peak Performance Buoyancy course aims to take Open Water skills to the next level, and assist in preparations for everything from a Cavern or Wreck speciality up to professional levels.
”It’s surprising how many divers we see diving with too much weight because it’s what they were told they needed on their last vacation,” says Jo Armitage, one of Pro Dive Mexico’s two Course Directors, and recent recipient of the PADI Platinum Award. ”The Peak Performance Buoyancy course will help you determine how much weight you need for different diving conditions, and you will also experiment with different weight positioning to perfect your trim.
”For many people, diving means kicking, but a more efficient way to move through the water is to kick and glide, thus reducing effort and air consumption. This course is also a must-do for anyone thinking about using a camera under water.” The school’s PADI PPB course costs US $227.
The centre suggests putting mastered buoyancy skills into practice where good control really matters – with a PADI Cavern Diver course.
The Riviera Maya is well-provided with clearwater sites where you can learn about the procedures, techniques and equipment used, as well as emergency routines. This two-day course costs $449.

Core skills with Siren
Of course, you could make sure of your buoyancy skills before leaving the UK. Siren Diving, the PADI and IANTD dive centre based in Romsey, Hants, offers a range of skill-focused courses designed to make divers more comfortable and efficient under water. Fundamental is its Buoyancy & Trim Workshop: ”It takes practice and often involves adjusting your kit and being properly weighted,” says Siren.
That’s the vertical plane – how about horizontal movement in the water All too often, says Siren, fin thrust is not directed along the plane of motion, resulting in changes to trim, buoyancy and, in the worst cases, silt clouds or damaged coral.
Its Finning & Propulsion workshop focuses on good technique, streamlining and various finning methods, including finning backwards.
Deploying a DSMB is another skill that needs practice, while line-laying is essential for divers looking to undertake wreck penetration and cave-diving. Siren’s Line Laying and DSMB Skills workshop concentrates on best practice, and the focus can be shifted depending on experience.
All these two-dive workshops are conducted on a 1-to-1 or 1-to-2 basis and cost £150 each.
Book one in July or August and you also receive a free Diver MoT on the day of your workshop –
a structured dive that gives you the chance to refresh your core skills with feedback and a report summarising strengths and areas for improvement. The MoT normally costs £50.

Max a 10-litre
Good buoyancy comes in more than handy when you’re diving with sharks, says Euro-Divers Eriyadu in the Maldives. ”We have many good dive-sites where you can see lots of big fish like grey reef sharks, and if you want to have a better look for sharks and other big fish, Peak Performance Buoyancy is the course for you,” suggests the dive centre.
By making minor depth adjustments using breath-control, the centre guarantees that you will be able to do a one-hour dive on a 10-litre tank.
Its two-dive PPB speciality costs US $140 and can be completed in a day.