Practicing Safe Diving
Whether you are diving as a professional or for fun, you should always practice safe diving. Scuba attracts many people because it is the only time where one can experience the life of the sea. People often go scuba diving because they do not want to forget the magnificence of the sea. Before diving, you should be aware of its risks. You can start by asking your doctor if you are medically cleared to do that.
If you are cleared to dive, there are safety practices that you need to know. No matter what happens, you should stick to these practices because it can mean life or death when you are down there. What are the safety practices? Here’s a list:
Participate in briefing
Before the dive, everyone is required to participate in briefing. Even if you are a professional, you should still attend especially if you do not know about the area. The dive plan will be discussed here. You will know the hazards, what you will encounter and what to do in case you get lost or separated from your partner. You will also be presented with hand signals; it is crucial that you understand and familiarize signals.
Be mindful of your equipments
The golden rule of scuba diving is always check your equipments. If you do not know a thing about it, you should ask questions but usually the equipments and how to use it are presented during briefing so you should listen carefully and seriously. You should never forget to check your tank, air, regulator and the BCD.
Down there, you have no one but your buddy. You are responsible for him/her and he/she is to you. When checking your equipments, make sure that your buddy does it in front of you. When you are down there, always stick together and never stray away from the group or your partner. This is where hand signals come in. When you communicate, make sure that you use the proper signal to avoid confusion or misinterpretation.