Staying safe and diving correctly is simple. With common sense, careful preparation, skills and confidence, potential risks are minimized. Below are tips and tricks to keep you safe while scuba diving.
Always Check Your Equipment
Maintaining and keeping your equipments in good working order is important. Servicing your gear regularly or approximately after 100 dives is a standard rule. Do not hesitate to check your equipment condition before a dive. If you are using a borrowed equipment, conduct a thorough check because any malfunction can cause problems. Ensure you are familiar and know how to use your scuba gear. Equipment can differ slightly in different dive centers and countries, so if you are not sure about something, it is better you ask.
Many equipment related accidents do not occur due to equipment breakage but because of diver uncertainty of asking how it works. Ensuring you have the correct specialized equipment for a dive is significantly important. When going for a night dive ensure you carry a primary torch and a backup and they are both fully charged. Being well prepared is the key to safe scuba diving.
Ensure You Dive within Your Limits
Always remember that diving should be fun. Never participate in an activity you are uncomfortable with. It is not worth risking to dive if you are mentally or physically disabled. Never be afraid to cancel or change dive location if you feel that conditions are unsafe. Additionally, attempting a dive which is beyond your current training level is dangerous.
Stay Healthy and Physically Fit
Diving is more physically demanding. Although spending time underwater is relaxing, diving in a strong current, long surface swims, exposure to extreme weather and carrying scuba gear, all combine to make diving a tiresome activity. Maintaining a reasonable level of personal fitness is the key to safe diving. Poor fitness leads to overexertion, which leads to panic, faster air consumption and can result in an accident.
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Practice Your Diving Skills Regularly
Over time, drivers can have the necessary skills they learned during training lapse. It is important to ensure you remember your skills especially those for emergency situations. This helps you to react quickly if there is an equipment malfunction.