IS DIVING SAFE ?
Before answering this question let’s ask what activity is safe? Is driving safe? Is pregnancy safe? Is running in a marathon safe? Is sky diving safe? The answer is no. None of the above activities are safe.
Every year there are more and more car accidents recorded, or deaths due to pregnancy; the frequency of fatalities during sky diving also keeps increasing as compared to SCUBA Diving where 1 out of every 211,864 dives ends up as a fatality.
SCUBA is short for “Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus.” Scuba divers, while underwater, breathe through a mouthpiece that is attached to a tank of compressed air. Scuba diving is also defined as pleasure diving.
SCUBA Diving is safe if the diver has taken up a course in diving and has been certified by a listed agency. There are several certifying agencies which offer training for divers from beginner level to expert level:
- Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI),
- The National Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI)
- Scuba Schools International (SSI)
For safe diving it is always recommended that the diver takes Basic Open Water Courses. These courses involve classroom lessons as well as pool training sessions. The diver training involves developing skills and techniques to use underwater to avoid risks. The divers are taught to deal with the hazardous environment, unforeseen circumstances while underwater and the right way to use the equipment.
Here are some tips for safe diving:
Take a course: Even if you are Open Water Certified , but are entering the ocean after a long time , it is always advisable to dust off the rust by taking a refresher course in training pools to be more confident about your skills .
Use the right gear: While going to the other world it’s all about the right gear . Your equipment should be properly maintained and serviced regularly. Make sure you inspect the functioning of your equipment before you dive.
Practice Skills: Before you dive , you should practice the critical water skills taught during the course thoroughly in confined water premises .
Never hold your breath: While diving its unsafe to hold your breath as it can cause a lot serious injuries like causing the alveoli in the walls of your lungs to rupture , causing serious damage.
Never dive alone: Using the buddy system is always advisable , even if you have Solo Diving Certification. Diving alone is not only prohibited but is also dangerous if you don’t have proper knowledge and training. While under water , your buddy is your lifeline and straying away from your buddy for far too long is not really a wise decision.
Respect the underwater environment: And if you are worried about Sharks attacking you underwater , remember you are outsider to them , the fishes are as scared of you as you are of them . It is always wise to observe and not approach them.
Diving is a fun and recreational experience if learned under the right guidance and training.