Scuba diving is much safer than many other sports. The rate of accidents is low; studies show only 2 fatalities per 100,000 dives which is much less compared to dangers posed by several sports activities. If you have been trained and ensure all the safety precautions, the probability of accidents is minimal.
Here are four things that you, as a scuba diver, must keep in mind to make sure you are diving safely.
Do not exceed your limits
It is easy to get influenced by peer pressure, but remember to always decide for yourself. If you’re unusually anxious or apprehensive before a dive, listen to your gut feelings and postpone the dive or change the location. Diving is supposed to be fun and not stressful. At the same time, never attempt a dive that is beyond your qualification. There are different depth limits, skills, and experience with various certification levels, so do not be tempted to exceed those limits as they are for your safety only.
Double-check your gears
Your scuba gear is your lifeline and essential for your survival underwater. Never miss out on the final checks of the gears before you dive, and make sure you have all the equipment and backups needed.
Always cross-check the equipment with your partner. Make sure you know where safety features such as emergency oxygen, first aid kit, and integrated weight systems are at all times.
Breathe, breathe, and breathe
The most important of all the rules is never to hold your breath underwater. Holding your breath underwater can cause an air bubble to enter the bloodstream, resulting in an injury that can be fatal. The forming of air bubbles is known as arterial gas embolism (AGE) and can occur in as little as 6 ft. under water.
Physical fitness is necessary
If you are diving for the first time, get yourself medically examined. If you’re physically fit and healthy, you will have to sign a medical statement before learning to dive. If you’re already certified, avoid diving when you are not feeling well. A simple cold may not be harmful on land, but it can be dangerous underwater. Obesity, heart disease, hypertension all increase an individual’s susceptibility to damage.
We at Deep Blue Dive Center provide you with the best scuba diving in Aqaba. With a 5 Star PADI rating, we ensure a safe and unforgettable experience for all. We offer different courses to help you build your diving career ranging from PADI Beginner Courses to PADI Pro Course.