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Top Scuba Diving Safety Tips

Scuba diving is a hobby enjoyed by tens of thousands of people each year without incident. However, to prevent incident, these people have had hours of training and instruction on how to do it the right way and how to use the instruments needed to dive. If you have never been on a dive before, there are certain things you need to consider before you step over the side of the boat with equipment on. If you don’t know a few rules, then you could be putting your own health or life on the line or that of others.

Rules

There are a few common sense rules that apply to scuba diving, but if you have never done it before, then you might not think of them. The first rule is to never dive alone. Just like as you need the buddy system to swim or when you were a child and went off with a friend, you always need to have someone with you in the water. That way, if something goes wrong you have another person who can help you or else call for help if you cannot.

Another rule for scuba divers includes checking your equipment. You wouldn’t jump out of an airplane without checking your parachute, so why would you go over the side of a boat without checking your gear?

When you scuba dive, you should always come up slowly, as you were instructed by your teacher. Coming up too fast from deeper depths can cause you health problems. These health problems could range from minor to moderate, or major if you were at a really deep depth. Make sure your ascent is in control and done in the allotted time frame so your ears and your body’s pressure remain good.

Something else your instructor will tell you is to not hold your breath. When you hold your breath, you are messing with your regulator controls for oxygen coming in the tube. And if you keep holding your breath, you could make yourself pass out. Passing out is not something most people would care to do under water, because then they will have to have someone bring them to the top slowly and make sure they get revived properly.

Before you get the gear and go under water for any length of time, you should take a class where you are certified. When you have a certified instructor teaching you all the basics of the tools and safety rules, then you have a better chance of diving without incidence. However, when you are on vacation and see a scuba diving center, you can also opt to go there and get a quick hands on lesson. These resort lessons only teach the very basics of scuba diving and won’t get your certified on all of the devices. When you only take a resort class, experts argue you should keep your dive to less than thirty feet deep so you don’t run in to problems.

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