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How many calories does diving burn?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Clammy, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. Clammy

    Clammy Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
    I was wondering, along with a lot of other people in our boat today...

    Does anyone know how many calories, on average, diving burns? Obviously it varies from diver to diver and per environment but someone had to done some research on this?

    Anyone have a ball park number per amount of time and temp?
  2. Papa_Bear

    Papa_Bear Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaumont CA
    Using blades or split-fins? With Split-fins you gain weight because they are so efficient it like sitting in your easy-chair eating a bowl of Cheeto's! :crafty:
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  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest

    # of Dives:
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    Not enough, not enough.

    Of course one cannot determine a set amount of calories that would apply to all divers (physical condition, gender, activity level underwater, etc.) and all environments (ice diving, dry/wet suit, tropical).
  4. Clammy

    Clammy Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Los Angeles, CA USA
    True, but much like running, there must be some chart or rough average number.
  5. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    If you are a good diver, not many dives are strenuous. You burn calories sitting on the couch or sleeping. Especially boat diving, you should hit the gym or the treadmil before you reward yourself with ice cream (after a suitable SI).
  6. aaron9876

    aaron9876 Angel Fish

    Couldn't give you a number, but when I was on a 4-day, 14 dive liveaboard I lost some weight even though I ate like a pig, so I guess it burns some.
  7. LI Diver

    LI Diver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Long Island New York
  8. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    Anecdotally one dive will not offset going out for a good feed afterwards. If were managing to make 2 tank outings then the scale starts to do favorable things. I have learned to watch for this in the fall when we drop back to 1 tank days.

    The temperature is only meaningful when the effectiveness of exposure protection is factored in.

    I agree the at done right the actual dive is not a big calorie burner.

    Keeping busy with the prep and cleanup helps. Also making the time to dive is a distraction as I run a round getting the "gotta dos" done.

  9. fisherdvm

    fisherdvm Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives:
    As I understand, most running chart has weight and speed as the variables.

    I don't see folks doing laps while scuba diving. You puts around, puddle around, muck around, occasionally sprint a short distance.... How the heck are you going to quantitate that?

    Next, you add thermal protection, the kid who is shivering so you can hear his teeth chatter underwater, is going to burn more calorie than the overweight guy with his 7 mm.

    Next, you add current.

    So, you can see, you have the old guys like Thalassamania, who is finning along like a man pushing a walker.... to the young ones trying to impress his buddy by his torpedo speed (until he burned through his tank in 10 minutes).... You just can't quantitate such thing.

    I agree with Halemano, scuba diving to me is more like a casual stroll down the park. Rarely do you kick it in high gear, and even then, it is only a short distance. Most folks don't even reach aerobic level, except if you did a shore dive and have to take the gears back up the hill to get back to the parking lot.
  10. Spencermm

    Spencermm Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Southeast Texas
    8 per minute sounds plausible. I recall in my second pool session thinking that I must be burning 4 times as many calories putting the full wetsuit on than as I was actually diving.
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