Even if you haven’t heard of bubble rings in relation to swimming, there is no doubt that you have seen dozens of pictures appear on your Instagram feed of swimmers lying down at the bottom of the pool with perfect circles moving upward. By following these five simple steps, anyone can learn how to make bubble rings, despite the fact that it seems like it would be difficult.
For a scuba diver, creating the ideal bubble rings is akin to finding the holy grail. There’s no doubt that it takes time and perseverance to master this skill. However, when you do it correctly, it is an amazing sight that is sure to dazzle your fellow divers.
Pre-Steps for Bubble Rings
Two things must be mastered before you can start learning how to make bubble rings: holding your breath and finding a pool with enough depth.
You must be able to hold your breath for a minimum of 30 seconds before anything else. If you can’t, you won’t have enough time to position yourself properly to make the bubbles. The more bubbles you can produce, the larger your lung capacity.
Finding a pool with a deep end is the second, yet equally crucial, step. It is not possible for bubbles to properly form and travel in their journey in less than three or four feet of water.
After checking off these two “pre-steps,” you’re ready to begin making bubble rings!
Step One: Sink to the Bottom of the Pool
Sink to the bottom of the pool and lay down horizontally after taking a big gulp of air. This is necessary to ensure that the produced bubbles are perfectly circular. Your bubbles will be deformed if you are lying at an angle with your head turned away from the water’s surface.
Step Two: Cover Your Nostrils
If you have a snorkeling mask, you can do this without much difficulty. It will be necessary to manually cover your nostrils with your fingers or thumbs if you are wearing regular goggles or none at all. Verify that your arm is not in the way of your mouth. Thousands of additional bubbles will surround the bubble rings if your nostrils aren’t covered.
Step Three: Purse Your Lips Together With Your Tongue
With your tongue just barely protruding from your mouth, purse your lips together. Quickly pop your mouth open while maintaining a perfect circular shape to let out a burst of air. You’ll learn through practice that if you don’t stick your tongue out a little, it can obstruct you and distort the bubbles.
Step Four: Making the Popping Motion
After you have created the first bubble, continue making the “popping” motion to create successive bubbles. You can learn to move your body deftly to produce works of art as you quickly master the art of making bubbles.
Step Five: Have a Photo Shoot
Take some pictures by diving with your underwater camera!
How to Blow Bubble Rings Tips
- Your efforts to blow bubble rings will be more successful if the water is clear or has very little turbidity (Partials).
- You will also have more success blowing bubble rings if there is little to no water movement.
- Your chances of success are higher during the initial phases of a single inhalation than they are toward the end.
- Get your buddies to watch you do it, because if it works perfectly and you Blow the perfect Bubble ring, they will not even see it and never believe you anyway. So, take turns at attempts.
- If you want to get tricky, try and blow different sized rings one after another. Depending on the amount of gas in each, they will surface at different rates, and they overtake each other.
How to Blow Bubble Rings With Smoke
- Draw a mouthful of smoke from your hookah.
- Press your tongue against the bottom of your mouth.
- Shape your cheeks and lips as if you were sucking on a lollipop, and open your mouth to form an ‘O’ shape.
- Click your lower jaw forward to blow a smoke ring.
How Do You Make An Underwater Ring Bubble?
To create the bubble ring, fill your cheeks with some air, stick your tongue out and quickly pull it back, releasing the air in your cheeks. You don’t want too much air, just enough while slightly pushing it out using your tongue. Too much pressure will create a normal bubble.
How Are Bubble Rings Made?
There are two main methods of bubble ring production: rapid puffing of a burst of air into the water and allowing it to rise to the surface, forming a ring; or creating a toroidal vortex with their flukes and injecting a bubble into the helical vortex currents thus formed.
How Does a Bubble Ring Work?
A bubble ring, or toroidal bubble, is an underwater vortex ring where an air bubble occupies the core of the vortex, forming a ring shape. The ring of air as well as the nearby water spins poloidally as it travels through the water, much like a flexible bracelet might spin when it is rolled on to a person’s arm.