SCUBA is Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus. Scuba divers have the freedom of movement under water because they swim with fins and light equipment. They have little dive time because they must carry all of their air in a tank. The time it takes to use up the air is dependent upon two factors: the diver’s breathing rate and depth the diver descends. Scuba diving safety is very important, it is the difference between life and death.
Scuba Diving vs. Snorkeling
Scuba Divers go down deep into the water and breathe through a mouthpiece that is attached to a tank of compressed air. Snorkelers normally; stay on the surface of the water, use floatation devices, breathe through a snorkel tube and mouthpiece. The snorkel tube stays above the water while their face is submerged.
Scuba Diving Safety Rules
By taking a scuba diving course, you will have the confidence of a safe diving experience. You will train with a dive professional, who will teach you everything you need to know, including how far to descend. At the end of the class you will receive a certificate of completion.
Check your equipment and be very familiar with it. Make sure it has been serviced and maintained properly. Check batteries to make sure they don’t need to be replaced. Check new equipment in a controlled area, such as a swimming pool.
Get a dive physical to make sure your heart and circulatory system are in good shape. Make sure you are able to handle any stress that may be associated with the dive. If you are over 50 take extra precautions.
Do not hold breath under water, relax, breathe slowly and deeply.
Practice buoyancy control so you can hover without the need for support, so that you don’t have to touch anything, especially coral reefs.
Scuba diving with a friend is more fun and safer than diving alone. You can do the pre dive equipment check together and if one of you run out of air, there is another tank of air. While you are diving with a friend, you should be able to make informed decisions about your safety.
Always dive within your level of expertise and training. Stay within your comfort zone. Only dive in conditions where you were trained. If you have not dived for a while, refresh your skills in a controlled area.
Look at your gauges frequently, like every 5 minutes
Slowly ascend and descend
Scuba Diving Safety Stops
A safety stop is a stop on the way to the surface. Deeper and longer dives means there is more nitrogen that you absorb in your system. As you get closer to the surface the excess nitrogen starts to dissolve from your body. Exhale, adjust gear and slowly ascend to prevent decompression sickness. You should do a safety stop after each dive no matter how deep or long the dive is.
Scuba Diving Safety is something you don’t want to take lightly and only dive within your training limits.