SCUBA diving can be a lot of fun for everyone involved. we even call the sport “The healthy addiction” because it’s very hard to not think and dream about the underwater world. However, to keep SCUBA fun and safe for ourselves and others, it is essential to maintain good, responsible habits and behaviors each and every dive.
HERE ARE 10 KEY HABITS FOR A PROACTIVE AND RESPONSIBLE DIVER.
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- 1. Stick to your training limits: Most diving organizations are offering levels of certificates that are limited to a specific depth, bottom times, etc. This is for a reason, as these courses take you through progressive levels of understanding the physical and psychological effects that accompany each training objective while teaching you how to interact efficiently with the new changes and challenges.
- 2. Always dive with a buddy or guide: This is a standard for almost all recreational diving organizations. Not only because diving with a partner makes the event more enjoyable, but as a safety procedure. A high percentage of SCUBA accidents have happened with solo divers because of psychological reasons that led to panic, unrecognized nitrogen narcoses, and many more cases where the diver needed help and no one was there to give a hand.
- 3. Stick to your diving plan: PADI states, “Plan your dive and dive your plan”. Additionally, always maintain a backup plan in case of unexpected changes in conditions during the dive. This is
- 4. Always keep an eye on your pressure Gauge; Watching your SPG every now and then keeps you away from negative surprises where you are almost out of air, so better keep a track on your SPG.
- 5. Maintain and service your diving gear regularly: A small issue with your equipment can lead to serious problems if left un-serviced. This could include a leaking in the regulator, a small hole in the BCD bladder, a ripped mask strap, and much more. NEVER under-estimate such things and always be proactive with equipment care as negligence often leads to easily avoidable accidents.
- 6. Clearly, agree to the signs before getting in the water; It is always useful to agree to all the signs you may use during the dive, including the signs for the current, sharing air, buddy distance, and all to avoid the hastle of being missed up in situations when clarity is needed.
- 7. Ensure the first aid kit & emergency oxygen are always ready and easily accessible: Of course, you remember that phrase from your training “Every diver is a responsible diver”. This means it is your responsibility to make sure that first aid kit and emergency oxygen are always available and close to your dive site whether from boat or shore. A diver has the full ability to refuse to proceed to the dive site without them, even if your instructor or local guide does not think it is important or unavailable. This is every driver’s responsibility, as no one is perfect, even instructors.
- 8. Avoid diving if you are not feeling well: No one can ever force you to dive, as you are the only one that can effectively listen to your body and tend to its demands. One should always prioritize health and safety before peer pressure or any fear of missing out on a dive. The only dive you will regret is the one in which things go wrong due to disregarded health limitations.
- 9. Never touch or get too close to aquatic life: Environmentally, you should not be touching any marine life for its delicacy and beauty. However, there is also some highly venomous and dangerous marine life that can put you in danger by means including biting, poking and stinging. Always be cautious of camouflaged species that may be difficult to see.
- 10. Do not consume any kind of drugs or alcohol before or after diving: Based on scientific studies, drugs and alcohol create a ‘high’ sensation because they affect blood pressure. Thus, exposing yourself to pressure during the dive with unstable blood pressure due to substance usage can lead to misconception, fatigue, dehydration, nausea, dizziness, and a high percentage of DCS decompression sickness, and more.
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