Scuba Diving Entry Techniques [Video]

Diving entry techniques are perhaps not one of the diving skills that you frequently think of, but in actuality they are pretty important.

This post is to help provide a little help and encouragement to brush up on your entry techniques. There are basically three entry techniques: shore entry, giant stride and back roll. There is also the  negative entry variation and the rarely used zodiac entry techniques. Naturally the chosen technique should depend upon your position relative to the waterline.

A shore entry is one of the simplest techniques to master with the main issue being maintenance of balance so as not to fall over. However if you are entering the surf from an elevated position such as a large boat or pier the giant stride technique is more suitable. From small boats a backroll entry is the suggested method of entry.

The following video demonstrates a very bad attempt at a bankroll entry… 

See  below for tips to improve your scuba diving entry techniques.

The backroll entry is the technique to use from a small boat as stated above. The key elements of this technique is to scoot your butt out as far back as you can without falling out and roll back into the water while holding your regulator and mask with one hand and your mask or weight belt with the other.

Backroll technique is detailed in the video below.

Image source: YouTube Clips


A giant stride entry is fairly simple and is conducted by simply taking a giant stride/step outward away from the boat or pier with your legs separated.  The stride should take you out  far enough to clear the boat so that your tank doesn’t hit it.  Now, as you approach the water you should begin to bring your legs back together .

The giant stride technique is demonstrated in the following video

Image source: YouTube Clips

Read on for further details on these entry techniques as well as the negative entry and zodiac entry methods here on


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