If you follow some basic scuba diving safety rules, it should help make sure all your dives are safe ones. While diving is considered a safe sport, it is not without its’ risks. After all, we dive for fun and we don’t want that to stop. So try and follow these so you will have a long and enjoyable diving career.
- Get Proper Training:
Having proper training may be of short period, will make you much more comfortable underwater and that is key to having a safe dive. If you dive after taking a basic training course just make sure you don’t go too deep (20 feet should be the max).
- Don’t Hold Your Breath:
Remember to always breathe slowly and in a relaxed manner and to exhale fully. Don’t take short, shallow breathes and never hold your breath. Holding your breath underwater can lead to lung injuries and worse, in the extreme case.
- Be in Good Physical Shape:
You don’t have to be a triathlete but you should be able to swim and take the stress of diving. A physical exam is a good idea before diving. Some studies have shown that about a quarter to a third of all scuba diving fatalities are from heart and/or circulatory problems.
- Never Dive Alone:
One of the key scuba diving safety rules. Always dive with a guide no matter where you are. And when you do dive with a guide, keep an eye on him to make sure everything is OK. Never violate this rule. Also do a pre-dive equipment check with your guide.