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How to Stay Safe When Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is an incredible experience that allows you to see life below the ocean’s surface. However, there are some risks involved. Before scuba diving, you need to know how to stay safe during your dive.

Use Proper Gear

Your first step will be getting all the proper gear. Obviously, you will be needing an oxygen tank and a regulator in order to dive. It’s also a good idea to have a reserve tank in case of emergencies. While diving, there are a couple of things you need to wear in order to better enjoy the experience and stay safe. These include a wetsuit, a mask, and fins. You also will need a buoyancy control device. This device is often a jacket that you wear in order to maintain buoyancy while diving so you aren’t constantly changing depth. As you advance in your scuba diving, you may add more gear to your list.

Take a Class

The best way to stay safe is to be educated on scuba diving. Taking a class can ensure that you know all the things you need to be doing and how you can stay safe. There is a lot to know when you scuba dive and a class will be able to outline everything for you. They will also teach you necessary skills. For example, you aren’t able to talk to others while diving. Scuba classes teach you hand signals to communicate when under water. This is an excellent way to stay safe when you’re out with others. When you take a class, you also have the option to become certified. This means you could go on dives on your own and explore further.

Understand Your Health

While scuba diving, you subject your body to a lot of pressure because of the depths you are going to. This pressure can have adverse effects on your health, so it’s important to know how you will be affected. Certain conditions can make it uncomfortable or even unsafe to dive. For example, you should never dive if you have a cold or are experiencing any congestion. Additionally, you should know how your health will be affected afterwards. Depending on the type of dive, you may not be able to fly for certain periods of time. If you are experiencing negative symptoms after a dive, you should see a doctor.

When you scuba dive, you want to be as safe as possible. The best way to do that is to take time to know what you’re doing and to prepare. If you’re a beginner, take plenty of time to get ready for your first dive.

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by Virgin America Flight Attendant
TJ Newman



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