Scuba Certification: Scuba Diving Safety Tips-Part 2
Last week we discussed how Scuba Diving is a fun and easy sport to learn, and is also a very safe sport. We discussed 5 common sense rules to help you prevent problems when scuba diving. Today, we will look at a few more common sense precautions that will make your scuba diving safer.
Continue Your Scuba Diving Education:
The best scuba divers are those who do not stop learning at the Open Water Diver Certification. The best scuba divers want to learn more and to be a better diver. The Advanced Open Water Course teaches underwater navigation, diving at depth and works on other factors such as better buoyancy control. The Rescue Diver Course makes divers more aware of potential problems and both how to prevent them and how to deal with them should they occur. Specialty Diver Courses like Wreck Diver, Deep Diver, Multilevel Diver teach divers how to safely dive in deeper depths, around shipwrecks, and how to use dive computers to increase bottom times and safety. Divers that know everything tend to get careless. Those divers who want to be the best they can and who seek new scuba learning opportunities are far less likely to encounter problems in the water.
Keep Your Hands To Yourself:
New scuba divers tend to use their hands to swim while diving. This creates drag and resistance and forces the diver to expend far more energy. Experienced divers rarely, if ever, use their hands when diving. In addition, waving your hands or sculling when diving scares the fish. In some cases the fish thinking the diver is threatening them with their hand movements will bite in self defense. The best divers keep their hands to their sides or in front of them holding their gauges or camera. It is much more efficient, creates less drag, expends less energy and just plain looks more professional.
Never Dive Alone:
Scuba Diving has always been a buddy sport. Divers should always dive in pairs or small groups. In the event of a problem the dive buddy is present to assist with the problem. This assures that the problem remains small and is easily handled. It also has the advantage of allowing one diver to navigate or lead the dive while the second diver double checks to make sure that they are following the proper course or dive plan.
Listen to the Divemaster During The Dive Briefing:
Prior to most scuba dives the Divemaster on the boat will give a pre-dive briefing. During this briefing he or she will describe the recommended depth and times for the dive. They will discuss the best entry and exit techniques and anything to be avoided. They will also point out any interesting things that may be encountered on the dive. Even the most experienced divers should pay attention to this briefing. It can add to the enjoyment of the dive and help them avoid anything that might be problematic.
The Best Scuba Divers Own Their Own Equipment:
Scuba equipment can be expensive. As a result many scuba divers start out renting equipment every time they go scuba diving. Rental equipment is usually not nearly as high quality as the equipment that scuba diver will purchase for themselves. In addition, when you own your own equipment you become used to it and its characteristics. When using rental equipment a diver has to spend the first few dives of a dive trip just acclimating to the rental gear. Lastly, many items of scuba equipment like the wetsuit , buoyancy control device or BCD are personally fitted. When renting such gear the diver is often forced to use equipment that just does not quite fit them. When buying equipment at your local dive center you will have equipment that is properly fitted and adjusted for them.
Scuba Diving is a fun and safe sport. It offers excitement and an opportunity to observe the undersea world. Since we were not born with gills it is only basic good sense to take the time to learn the sport properly and to follow certain safety procedures. If we do that we will be rewarded with years of great scuba diving opportunities.