Scuba diving is just as enjoyable as it is dangerous.
Even when you’re diving in the easiest spots, there’s always something that could go wrong. The next time you dive, here are critical tips you should keep in mind.
1. Check and double check your equipment
It doesn’t matter if you’ve planned your dive weeks or months ahead. What’s important is to always check, check, check your equipment before you go in. There could be holes in your regulator. The batteries on your computer may have died out. Keep in mind, the slightest failure in your equipment may mean your life.
2. Test new equipment
Countless lives have been lost just because they failed to test their new equipment. Most of the time, this happens to many experienced divers. Be sure to test it in a controlled environment like a swimming pool to see if it works well or not.
3. Dive with a buddy
Again, many divers have lost their lives because they decided to go at it alone. Granted, diving is such a mesmerizing experience that it’s easy to forget one’s safety. You should always dive with someone. Never do it alone because when something bad happens, no one will know where you are and what you were doing.
4. Take care of your body
Diving is a physically intense sport. It requires you to be fit enough to withstand long dives, swim against currents and be ready to face extreme weather conditions. So be sure to take care of your body in and out of the water. Eat well, sleep enough and exercise regularly.
5. Never go beyond your limits
This is where everything can fall apart easily. Diving beyond your limits only spells disasters. That’s why diving courses and certifications exist. They are here to let you know what you can or cannot do.
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