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Safe Diving

Safe diving can be compare to an African Safari, where a tour guide company will provide you with the best and safest tours. If you are lucky you may see lions, elephants, hippos, rhinoceros, etc, animals that are considered dangerous, because the guides know were to find them. The diving industry is the same. We will take you on the best and safest tours. Our tour guides, Dive masters and Instructors are experts in their respective zones and the practice of safe diving always comes first.

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Scuba diving has one of the fastest growing industries that attracts millions of people every year and one of the reasons is the development of equipment and studies that make this pass time one of the safest.

We have to remember that scuba diving has inherent risks which we explained in our Diving Risks page and that is the reason why when you travel or when you schedule dives at your local dive shop, you are ask to fill out a liability release and a medical history form.

 The liability release is to inform you about those inherent risks and the medical history form (PADI and NAUI examples) is to find out if your doctor should examine you before participating in recreational scuba diving. A positive response to a question does not necessarily disqualify you from diving. A positive response means that there is a preexisting condition that may affect your safety while diving and you must seek the advice of your physician.

Knowing those questions can be helpful and more importantly if you are diving on your vacations. Because only a doctor may clear you and allow you to go diving if you are not sure about one of the questions. If you know that you would like to do some dives while on vacation, show the medical questionnaire to your physician and if there are any yes answers but your doctor thinks that it will not affect your diving, ask your doctor for a note that will allow you to dive and bring it with you on your vacation.

Practice of Safe Diving

The practice of safe diving will make scuba diving the pass time of your life. We will go trough some guidelines that you must have in present before, during and after the dive.

Safety Before The Dive

For safe diving before the dive always check your equipment before you dive. 
  • Check if your tank is open. 
  • Check how much air you have (approximately 3000 PSI or more / 200 Bars). 
  • Try and breathe from your regulator
  • Inspect your BCD.
  • And something that every diver always forgets: BUDDY CHECK (check your buddy equipment or at least make sure he does check his equipment in front of you).
The importance of the dive briefing

Always participate in the dive briefing, even if you already know the area. During the briefing you will talk about the dive plan

  • Time and depth of the dive.
  • If safety stops are required. 
  • Hazards you may come across.
  • Who will be your partner.
  • What to do if you get lost or separate from partner.
  • What you will be seeing underwater (corals, fish, etc).
  • Exchange of some diving signals
Diving briefing.

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Many times divers have to create a new set of hand signal depending on the different circumstances of the dive. Diving signals are expected to be know by the divers, but some signals vary from region to region.
If you feel that the dive leader (Divemaster or Instructor) missed any of the topics  that we mentioned or something else during the briefing, this is the right moment to bring it to the attention of all the divers.
  

Safety During The Dive

For safe diving during the dive always respect the dive plan provided during the briefing. Then star descending slowly and equalizing your ears as many times as necessary. Do so by pinching your nose and blowing really slowly through it. A practice of this exercise is recommended once before the dive and during the descent as many times as necessary.

While underwater remember the first rule of diving: always breathe and never hold your breath. Remember the dive plan (time and depth that was discussed on the briefing), know your limits and remember that recreational scuba diving is for fun, so keep it safe.

At the end of your dive go up slowly, take as reference your computer or the little bubbles you are exhaling and never go faster than them. Remember and obey the safety stops or decompression stops.

Always Equalize Your Ears For Safe Diving Proper Diving Ascent For Safe Diving.
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Safety After The Dive

Because in many diving excursions the goal is always to do more than one dive, the time between dives is very important to avoid nitrogen saturation. Always respect the dive plan that was provided  by the Divemaster or Instructor, because they fallow the rules of safe diving. If you are planning the dives remember to use the proper recreational dive table.


Remember that being underwater has limits and risks that professional divers are willing to take. And remember that recreational scuba diving is for fun. Dives between 5 to 20 meters/ 16 to 66 feet can show you the wonderful world that was once explored by Cousteau. These depths have the advantage that provides divers with better light, colors and marine life. Also in shallow dives you will breathe less air from the tank, making your dive longer and safer.

Some Big No Nos Of Diving

Never dive alone, always with your buddy. Don’t dive if you are pregnant.
Don’t dive if you are sick. It can block some air spaces of the nose and prevent you from equalizing your ears. Don’t drink in excess the night before the dives. Being intoxicated can impair your judgment.

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