SCUBA BASIC SAFETY TIPS
DAN Safety Diving Tips. Please take some time to review these basic scuba tips, especially if you have been inactive from diving for a while.
· ensure that you are adequately fit and healthy for diving. If you have health concerns, discuss them with a doctor trained in dive medicine
· thoroughly prepare and check your equipment prior to diving
· choose dives that match your training, experience and confidence. Stay within ’your’ comfort zone !
· listen to your inner voice. If you feel that you have exceeded your comfort level, abort the dive
· when you have finished descending, establish neutral buoyancy, ensure that your ears are ok, check your air and depth, tighten your weight belt if necessary, and communicate with your buddy that you’re ok
· watch your ascent rate on ‘all’ dives. Most dive computers recommend an ascent rate of 10metres per minute, and 5metres per minute in the last 10metres of ascent
· make a safety stop on all dives deeper than 10metres. Safety stops assist with the reduction of excess nitrogen, which helps to avoid Decompression sickness. The rule of thumb is 3-5 minutes at 5-6metres, and an additional deeper stop of 2-3 minutes at 10-15metres may be beneficial after deeper dives
· always dive with a buddy, it enhances your safety and enjoyment !
· plan your dive depth, time, and safety stops ‘with’ your buddy
· plan to surface with a maximum 30 bar in reserve
· plan to surface with a minimum 50 bar in reserve
· if you’ve been inactive from diving for a while, or you’ve been unwell, do some easier dives to regain your confidence and skill
· take a regular PADI Scuba Review, practice mask clearing, regulator recovery and air sharing skills
· log your dives to keep a record of your diving activities for future scuba training
If you have any further questions or comments about scuba safety, DAN membership or dive medicine related issues, please pose your question to a Diving Doctor and we will make a personal reply.
Safe & Fun Diving !
*Please note that the free scuba refresher does not include dive equipment or boat dives !