5 Things You Need to Look Out for Before You Scuba Dive

a diver poking a giant turtle

To be able to breathe underwater and explore the world below is incredible. But all adventures come with certain levels of risk, and scuba diving is no exception. It is a sport enjoyed by many people across the world. With proper training at the best dive center in Aqaba, scuba diving can be enjoyed as a safe and thrilling adventure.

Here is a list of the most common risks associated with scuba diving.

Decompression Sickness:

Decompression sickness (DCS), also known as the bends, occurs when you are unable to properly decompress when going from a high-pressure to a lower-pressure environment. As a result, bubbles are formed in your blood and tissues that can cause blockages and lead to nerve damage. In extreme cases, it can also prove to be fatal. Your PADI Open Water Course will teach you how to prevent this.

Equipment malfunctions:

A diver’s worst nightmare is equipment failure. Malfunctioning equipment can cause the diver to panic resulting in unusual breathing that uses up more oxygen and can lead to deadly consequences. Equipment problems made up 15% of the 940 scuba diving fatalities studied by Divers’ Alert Network (DAN) in the last ten years. Checking your equipment before you dive is essential.

Drowning:

The most frequent cause of death while scuba diving, with more than 80% of deaths reported, is drowning. Drowning is often a repercussion to a diver panicking or being unconscious due to certain health issues not related to diving or a malfunctioning gear. You dive instructor will teach you how to remain calm underwater.

Aquatic life:

Most creatures underwater aren’t dangerous or aggressive toward divers as long as you don’t trigger them. Don’t touch anything to avoid bites and abrasions. While you might be afraid of shark attacks, thanks to Hollywood blockbusters, it is usually the harmless creatures that attack divers. Avoid putting hands on mystic reefs because you might end up waking and irking a creature hiding in it. Just remember–Look but don’t touch!
a diver hallucinating underwater due to nitrogen narcosis

Martini effect:

Gas narcosis or nitrogen narcosis is caused by the gases absorbed during a deep dive at depths beyond 100 feet. The narcotic effect is similar to being intoxicated. That is why it is also known as The Martini Effect. This temporary effect lowers your ability to think and make judgments. While nitrogen narcosis itself isn’t that dangerous, it is your impaired judgment that can prove to be hazardous underwater. You will learn more about this in your PADI Advanced course.

At Deep Blue Dive Center, we offer PADI advanced courses in Aqaba for beginners and professionals both. With a 5 star PADI rating, we offer a range of activities like snorkeling, scuba diving, boat trips, and much more. Visit our website to have a look at the unforgettable experiences that we have created for our customers over the years.

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