Why Be Cautious When Scuba Diving?


Many people do not realize the importance of proper preparations and training before going scuba diving. Not only is the sport of scuba diving a fun way to relieve stress and have a good time, it is something that has to be done with much precaution. If you are an experienced certified diver then you would probably know the dangers and hazards involved before, during, and after a dive. However, if you are not experienced and have never been scuba diving before then I hope this article will help you get better prepared for what to expect when going scuba diving.

Some Common Medical Problems

If you do not prepare yourself properly before dives you are most likely to suffer from some kind of problem. Many divers face these problems but even though they are not life-threatening they still need to be taken into consideration. Here are some of the most common ones I would like people to know about:

Ear Pains – probably the most common health issue that almost all divers, including myself, suffer from are the simple "squeezes" in the ear which causes the diver to have ear pains. These squeezes are brought about by the changing pressure of the water when going deeper and also the difference in pressure between the air spaces of your ears and mask. It’s somewhat similar to the "clicks" that occur in the ear when traveling on an aeroplane for the first time but the only difference being that the squeezes are more annoying. The best solutions for this is to make sure you do not smoke or accidentally inhale exhaust fumes before a dive and try drinking hot tea and water often. Also keep in mind to not blow your nose too hard all the time.

Nosebleeds – a bleeding nose is quite common as well but it is not too much to be worried about. I have had nosebleeds a few times when I first started scuba diving. Nosebleeds are known to be common with beginners. Like the ear pains, nosebleeds are caused by unequal pressures from the water and the mask. When the pressure in the mask is not equalized to match the water pressure, a vacuum is created within the nasal cavity causing the nose to bleed. However, my nosebleeds usually came about when I didn’t have a clear sinus. The best solutions for nose bleeds is to know how to stabilize your mask during dives and if you have sinus problems then consult your doctor or a professional about it.

Decompression Sickness
– this can be a very serious issue as various blood vessels and body tissues get injured when you suffer from decompression sickness. What really happens is the nitrogen gas that is stored in blood and body tissues come out of its solution forming gas bubbles in the blood. This is brought about when divers ascend too quickly to the surface or if they fail to carry out the required decompression stops after a long deep dive. The best solution for preventing decompression sickness is to just keep training to condition yourself, and seek out the best scuba diving training facilities. Also, try to get a regular check up by your doctor before you go on a scuba diving trip and always practice special breathing exercises.

Get Trained by the Best

Despite all the research and information you can get online, the best thing to do is to get trained and certified by a highly trusted training facility. Among the best are PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors), and SSI (Scuba Schools International). Check up on the requirements and courses of these agencies if you want to know what they are all about. Most of their basic courses involve open-water and pool setting, as well as actual classroom learning. You will not be disappointed with any of these agencies.

What Else to Keep in Mind

There are many more medical related conditions involved with scuba diving but I just thought I’d touch up on these three most common ones to help those who are wanting to go scuba diving one day to better understand that there is more to scuba diving then just putting on a wetsuit and a pair of goggles to go for a swim. Research is undoubtedly helpful but you need to be taught these things from a professional who knows what they are doing.

However, you should know how much your own body can take so just be sure to get checked up by a doctor before doing anything. You never know what type of medication you would need in case you have a stubborn sinus like mine or anything else that you may not be aware of about your body.

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