Scuba Diving Safety Tips

Updated at: Jan 31, 2013
Scuba Diving Safety Tips
Editorial Team
Travel HealthWritten by: Editorial TeamPublished at: Jul 28, 2011

Scuba diving is one of the most fascinating and thrilling sports but it requires a lot of confidence and training to get under water and play around with the flora and fauna. Each tgime you go under water prioritize your safety so that you don’t meet with any accident or face any troubles while in water.


Go through the following list of safety precaution tips for scuba diving –


Dive with a friend and never alone


Never get under the water alone.  Go together in a group so that if any mishap happens under the water there is someone who can get you out of trouble. Also, keep an eye on your fellow divers and make sure that everything is fine.


Be fit before you dive


You don’t need to be a qualified athlete but you should know how to swim. Studies show that It is always better to get your cholesterol levels and blood pressure checked. You should also visit an ENT specialist because most of the injuries are caused because of disorders related to nose, eyes and throat.


Dive under a competent instructor


It is important that you know the competency of your diving instructor. Most importantly, follow the instructions given by him or her.  Understand the minute details about the route that is to be followed and things you have to watch out for to prevent any mishap.


Check your scuba gear


Take your time to check you scuba gear. If you think something’s amiss or dysfunctional, ask your guide and get it checked by them as well.


Never Hold Your Breath


You should never hold your breath because holding your breath would mean your’e allowing air bubbles to enter your blood stream which can be potentially serious and lead to a fatal injury.


Equalise your ears


Just as you air pressure changes when you ascend on mountains, similarly change of air pressure occurs when you descend under water. Equalize your ears as you descend. Do it frequently to avoid any injury to your ear.


Dive within limits


Check with your guide about the depth you have to go to when you scuba dive with them. Always stay together and do not descend below their depth.


Don’t exert yourself


Although, scuba diving is an exhilarating sport, you should be relaxed and avoid moving at a pace which would tire you. The slower you move, the more beautiful your experience would be. And, if you still feel tired, signal fellow scuba divers and find a place or a coral-free rock to take rest.


Avoid touching anything


As a good practice to protect coral reefs and yourself avoid touching anything. Understand that many corals are sharp and can be poisonous and marine creatures might feel threatened and even attack.


Ascend slowly


Ascending fast can lead to decompression sickness because nitrogen is forced into your bloodstream. By ascending slowly and doing a safety stop the nitrogen present in your body has a better chance to dissipate and cause minimal harm.


Avoid air travel for next 24 hours


Since, your body has excess nitrogen, it is important that you don’t fly for the next 24 hours. Flying in pressurized air cabins can cause decompression sickness. Plan a day off to relax at the beach and then head home!


Keep the above in mind and make your diving experience memorable!



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