Introducing the PADI ‘How To’ series featuring helpful tips as you discover the underwater world. If you’ve just started the PADI Open Water Diver course, or simply haven’t been in the water for some time, we’ve got you covered with a full visual breakdown on how to perfect these skills so you feel the most comfortable in the water.

During the PADI Open Water Course, you will learn how enter the water using the giant stride method. Watch the below video to see how it’s done:

Step by Step | How to Giant Stride:

Step 1: Partially inflate BCD.
Step 2: Approach the entry point (fins over edge).
Step 3: Scan area below.
Step 4: Place regulator in mouth (take a breath).
Step 5: Hold console in left hand (place over waist).
Step 6: Place right palm on regulator (and fingers on mask).
Step 7: Look forward (not down).
Step 8: Step out and push off (do not jump)
Step 9: Establish positive buoyancy.
Step 10: Signal okay.
Step 11: Clear the area.

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