You've been simulating the right habits during your confined water cl ives, Lt' here are a few reminders:
1. Swirn with your BCD about tzalli Pull so you wont LA4 08 struggle to stay at the surface. Don't over inflate your BCD, though because it creates unnecessary drag,

2. Pace yourself. Swim at a steady, comfortable pace. Surface swimming tires you more than swimming underwater, so don't try to go as fast.

3. Streamline yourself as much as possible. Keep your arms at your sides.

4. Use your snorkel, breathing cautiously to avoid choking on water that may enter the snorkel due to small waves.

5. Keep your fins below the surface when kicking. You may wish to swim on your side or back if conditions allow.

6. Check your location, direction and your buddy every 30 seconds or so. Stay close to your buddy, maintaining physical contact if necessary. Use something on shore, or an anchored boat. for orientation. D on't wait until you reach the bottom. Add small amounts of air as you descend so you reach the bottom neutrally buoyant. This minimizes kicking and stirring up the bottom.

For control and reference, it's a good practice to use a line during descents, or follow the bottom contour. If you descend along the anchor line of a boat. hold the line at arm's length so it won't. strike you as the boat pitches up and down in the waves. Let your arm swing up and down with the line like a shock absorber so it doesn't jerk you up and down.

You want to descend steadily minimal effort, while maintaining neutral buovancv so can stop your descent at any time. Maintain buddy contact and oriented so you have Your sense of direction when voive reach thcehottom don't wait until you reach the bottom. Add small amounts of air as you descend so you reach the bottom neutrally buoyant. This minimizes kicking and stirring up the bottom.