Here are some of our top tips to keep you safe when you are scuba diving.
Never Hold Your Breath
One of the most important rules of scuba diving is to never hold your breath while underwater since it can cause serious injury and even death. When a diver is ascending, his lungs expand; when descending, his lungs contract. As long as breathing is regular, there is no problem as excess air is able to escape successfully. However, when a diver holds his breath, the air is unable to escape at it expands. Eventually, the alveoli, which comprise the lung wall, will rupture, leading to serious organ damage.
Always Check Your Gear
Your survival underwater is always dependent on the condition of your diving gear. Make sure that you do not skip checking your equipment before a dive trip. Moreover, make sure that you check on your diving buddy as well – if any of your equipment malfunctions during the trip, you might find yourself in serious danger. Ensure that you receive proper training and education on how to use your gear properly and safely.
Understand Your Limits
Remember that diving should always be fun. Do not take unnecessary risks that might endanger your well-being or life. If you are not mentally or physically capable of doing a dive, do not push yourself. Never be afraid of saying no to peer pressure – keep in mind that diving should always be your personal decision. Do not put yourself in situations that you are uncomfortable with, such as adverse weather conditions or diving environments that you are not familiar with. Keep in mind that certain dives require levels that may be beyond your qualification level.
Avoid Colliding with Boats
Never assume that boats can see you ascending. Accidents can occur when you ascend and boats do not realize your presence. For this reason, make sure that you always carry a marker buoy with you. When you are planning your ascent, the location should be as close to your boat as possible. When you do your safety stop, it should be at the recommended depth. Always take responsibility for your own safety.