Safety Guide For Scuba Diving
Scuba diving isn’t meant for everyone, but if you think it’s got the calls for you, then read this article and find out the guidelines for a SAFE DIVE. Literally!
1. FOLLOW THE RULE
Self-Reliance – always be in control of yourself, know your limits and aim to develop the required skills you haven’t earned yet.
Attitude – a positive attitude will keep you away from most dangers. If you’re not willing to dive and feel obliged to do so, it’s better to stay out of the water. Ask yourself if you are ready to dive.
Fitness – having a fit body is essential when it comes to diving. You must resist to all the pressure changes that will force your body to adjust to the new environment.
If you’re not feeling well, or you’re sick, don’t dive. You must be in your best shape to make sure it will be a real adventure.
Experience – don’t overestimate your level and dive as deep as you’ve previously been, especially if you’re alone. Stay within the safety limits.
Diving Skill – just because you earned your skills it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t keep training. Work on them as often as possible, to keep your “diving senses” sharp.
Involvement – don’t go solo, be a team player! Get involved in the local community, bring value and get value from people who can become friends or mentors for you.
Variety – the underworld is full of options for each diver. The Great Coral Reef and the underwater panorama near Madagascar have nothing in common. Try as many different landscapes as possible.
Equipment – DON’T hold back from buying the best equipment on the market. Your whole life depends on the quality of your gear, so ensure you know how to use it properly.
2. Consider vital skills
Emergencies underwater emerge more often than you’d think. Before you embark on this adventure, make certain you know how to perform a CPR, how to conduct a CESA (Controlled Emergency Swimming Ascent) or how to use your buddy’s alternate source, if necessary.
While vital skills are extremely important, critical is that you are confident enough to act correctly, if the situation requires it.
3. Don’t hold your breath underwater
The oxygen tank you have comes with a reason. If you hold your breath, the air will eventually damage the lung’s tissue, due to pressure differences. The air in the lungs expands during ascent and contracts while descending, so as long as there’s a continuous air flow, the excess air can escape. If you hold your breath, the air can no longer escape as it expands, leading to real problems.
4. Follow the rule of thirds
Oxygen is almost everything when you’re deep in the sea, so if you run out of it, things can turn out really bad. It is the fuel for your brain, muscles, and heart, so portion your air supplies wisely. Use the rule of thirds – it stands that you should use 1/3 of your oxygen tank on your way deep down, and 1/3 to come back to the surface while keeping the remaining 1/3 as an emergency supply.
5. Plan the dive and proceed as planned
Set for yourself time and depth limit before entering the water. Also, ensure that you’re equipped accordingly to whatever challenges you may face. Make certain that you know the difficulty of the site you’re visiting, and you keep your eyes on the oxygen levels. According to DAN, the fatality rate among divers has as main cause insufficient oxygen supply due to a loose monitor.
Have you ever dived? What were the critical moments in your adventure? Share your story with us in the comment section below!