Scuba diving is among the most exciting and thrilling sports in the world. The sport can be easily learned and safety is guaranteed if you are keen to follow some safety guidelines and rules. The following are some of the things that every Scuba diver needs to know for safe Scuba diving both before and during scuba diving.
Before scuba diving
1. Ensure that you are competent and certified to dive
Before you Scuba dive, it is very important for you to get certified by a licensed dive operator. There are those operators who offer introductory dive courses such that you can’t be able to dive when left on your own. Travel insurance does not cover uncertified divers.
2. Make sure that you are generally fit and healthy to dive
First-time divers are advised to have a medical examination in their home countries before traveling. This is to ascertain that their health is fit for them to dive. If your health is fit, there is nothing to worry about. You only need to sign a medical statement for you to learn how to dive. Even if you are certified, do not do it if your health is unfit, especially if you have a cold or a hangover.
3. Ensure that your diving school is certified
Through the net, you can find a recommended and certified diving school in the area where you are traveling. It is quite important to find out whether their scuba boats and equipment are well maintained and well-established and whether their staff is well experienced. For those who don’t speak English as their first language, they should find out if they have instructors who can speak their language.
4. Pay attention to your dive guide
Even if you are experienced at scuba diving, listen to your dive guide or instructor. The instructor briefs you on where you are going, the route to be followed and the precautions. Listen to those briefs.
5. Double check to ensure that all the double gear is in good condition
All your scuba gear needs to be set. Double check to ensure that the scuba gear is working and don’t get embarrassed if you are not certain of the working condition of the gear- just ask the instructor.
6. Have a scuba diving and travel insurance
Ensure that your insurance policy clearly states the scuba diving activities included in the policy as scuba diving covers vary from place to place. It is therefore important to read the policy keenly to know the activities covered. For you to be safe, ensure that your travel insurance policy covers all your scuba diving needs.
During the scuba dive
1. Breath normally- don’t hold your breath
Scuba diving involves doing technically impossible things such as breathing underwater. You are not supposed to hold your breath at any time- just breath normally. Holding your breath can make air bubbles to get into your bloodstream, a very serious and fatal case.
2. Be sure of where your guide is located
Don’t swim on your own even if you see something interesting. If you need to have a clear look on it, just show it to your instructor and swim towards it together. Staying close to your guide is important for your orientation and safety.
3. Don’t swim deeper than 40 meters.
Make sure that you dive within the limits of your dive computer. 40 meters is the recreational scuba diving limit and also the limit for scuba insurance.
4. Move at a pace within your breath
There is no need of you swimming fast as swimming at a slower pace will make you see more. Don’t move at a high pace such that you go out of breath. Signal your guide in case you feel tired and find a coral rock where you can rest on.