Preparing For a Dive – Things to do Before You Scuba


YouTube Preview ImageScuba diving is a fantastic sport to be a pat of that is why so many people indulge in it. It is a fun experience for almost anyone who is interested except those that can not swim and are terrified of the water. Just like any sport and activity, scuba diving has its risks. Injuries sustained in scuba diving can prove to be fatal if not looked after by trained and fully equipped divers. For those that are new in the sport, here are a few scuba safety measures, preparatory steps and information that must be followed to ensure that your first dive is a safe and memorable one.

Certification and Training

Choose a course that actually gives you certification to scuba dive. Make sure you also have a professional instructor accompany you even if you just having fun and renting gear out at a beach resort while on vacation.All scuba safety measures need to be followed. An important note for those wanting to be scuba divers is that they should be well versed in the art of swimming and a little knowledge in snorkeling would not hurt either. It would be wise to try both these activities out first before embarking on a scuba diving trip.

Equipment Checks

Equipment check is very important for scuba divers. Ensuring that your equipment is in working order should be your top priority. Care and maintenance of scuba diving equipment as well as spotting potential weaknesses in equipment that could potentially lead to failure underwater should occupy a good part of a scuba diving instructional course. To avoid serious injuries that come about from faulty lines, be sure to check the rest of you equipment thoroughly right down to your compass and first aid kit is important. Many divers have suffered accidents during dives due not following these simple instructions and scuba safety checks.

First Aid

Special training in treating underwater injuries, as well as the ability to recognize the signs and symptoms of common maladies incurred by divers, which include hypothermia, decompression sickness and in hot weather, heat strokes and dehydration is greatly needed. Ensure your first aid kit is well stocked before the dive.

Know Ascents and Descents

Do not forget to keep an eye on the pressure gauge and also the depth gauge that monitors water pressure around you and the depth you're at respectively. This helps to ensure a successful dive. The deeper you go, water pressure increases drastically and this effect causes divers some discomfort in the form of dizziness, shortness of breath, nausea, and muscle cramps. This happens the faster you descend. Even slow controlled descends, a rapid ascent can also lead to system shock and trauma if the diver just suddenly dumps his diving weights and rockets to the surface as the body would not be able to adjust to the sudden lack of pressure, especially once the diver leaves the water.

Buddy Diving

For new and first time divers, it is a good idea to not go diving alone but to have someone accompany you. It is also good to have a more experienced and trained diver with you. Make sure you keep your buddy in sight at all times and be sure to follow their lead at all times once the dive begins. No matter how safe the surrounding waters may seem, Do Not go off on your own. Having a friend you may have taken the course with you at the same time is not good to have as a buddy on a diving trip. Two amateur or new divers should never be paired together. It is not wise to have two divers unsure of their surroundings in engaging in a dangerous activity.


Hand signals used by divers are important to help with communication underwater, even with the new high tech open face scuba mask that has an integral communication radio. Should the radio beak down and run out of batteries or God forbid you might run into a cute girl or boy without a communication radio system than hand signals would come in handy.


Navigation underwater is a key skill to have underwater. The use of compasses as well as more advanced things like using underwater floater buoys and line markers that will allow you to backtrack to your starting point once you're done with your dive should be taught at the training course. Having this knowledge would prepare you if you lose sight of your buddy and get lost underwater. Having the capability to backtrack and meet up at a predetermined rendezvous point takes a load off your mind if this happens.

All the preparatory steps and scuba safety measures mentioned above will certainly ensure that your scuba diving trip will be a very safe and enjoyable experience.

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