Health & Safety
Safety is ofcourse a major concern when diving and its important to be fit and feel comfortable for the dive. Not all dive centers maintain strict safety rules and a PADI affiliation might be a indicator of the standards. Further use common sense, talk to the divemaster who is guiding the dive, does he know the dive sights, is there oxygen on board, is there an accident management plan and how reliable looks the equipment. Below a list of safety tips that will degree the risk of injuries.
- Scientific research has proven that a safety stop at 6 meters / 18 feet for 3 minutes significantly reduces the change of decompression sickness, especially if you are diving deeper then 20 meters / 60 feet.
- An ascent rate of less then 18 meter per minute is another good diving practise that reduces the changes of overexposure injuries.Further avoid the non-decompresson limits of your dive computer or dive table.
- Use a personal dive computer to track your dive profile, non decompression limit, safety stop(s)and ascent rate.
- Always dive with a budy and stay in contact with each other during the dive.
- Keep your diving skills up to date. If you haven't been diving for some time do a refresh course and practice the basic skills, such as mask clearing, recovering a lost regulator and doing a proper descent and ascent.
- Try to surface with at least 50 bar of air in your tank and signal 100 bar to your dive guide to let him know it's time to commence the return.
- Equalize your ears often while descending and abort the dive if you your ears won't clear.
- Check and prepare dive equipment and do a proper pre-dive (buddy) check - your live depends on it.
- Keep a basic level of fitness and do a regular health checkup by a doctor trained in diving medicines.
- Stay hydrated and drink plenty of water before and after the dive. Don't drink alcoholic beverages.
- Avoid touching corals, sponges or any underwater life and keep neutral buoyancy as some may be dangerous.
- Dive within the limits of your own experience and level of certification.
- Log your dives and keep training.