The Basics of Water Safety for Novice Divers

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As scuba diving begins to gain more popularity around the world, one of the biggest concerns novice divers seem to have is surrounding the safety of scuba diving. While a valid concern, recent studies show that diving is statistically safer than driving, having a kid, or even running a marathon. However, seeing as the human body is not naturally designed to breathe underwater, every time a scuba diver heads out for a dive they are completely dependent on their skills, training and equipment. Following research that seems to show the correlation between water safety and reduced risks, divers wishing to approach the activity with enthusiasm should engage in proper safety training.

Understanding the Basics of Water Safety 

According to studies performed on scuba diving and open water safety, most of the greatest risks can be avoided by having a solid understanding of basic water safety. For starters, you can avoid the biggest water-related risks by ensuring you know how to swim. While you don’t necessarily have to know how to swim well, you should be able to swim the required 656 feet in a swimming pool. As well, it is suggested that you understand the basics of open water safety, as they differ from that of simply swimming in a pool. If you can access a course the discusses open water survival strategies and techniques such as cold water survival, treading techniques and similar objectives, it will benefit you greatly in any situation you might encounter while scuba diving.

Avoiding the Greatest Scuba Diving Risks 

It is important to note that of the recent scuba accidents that are typically reported, they are generally caused by a pre-existing disease or pathology in the diver, poor buoyancy control or rapid ascent. These are all factors that can be avoided if the person diving engages in the proper medical checks and training before or while becoming certified as a scuba diver. During your scuba training, it is important to ask questions and ensure that you thoroughly understand the material as well as how to use the equipment. If something is unclear or if you haven’t quite developed the physical ability to control your buoyancy properly, you should let your instructor know or enroll in a refresher course, especially as you are just getting used to scuba diving.

Constantly Refreshing Your Scuba Skills

If you practice water safety and ensure that your scuba skills are up to date, you really aren’t putting yourself at risk for a scuba-related accident to occur. Never embark on a dive that feels out of your skill level or physical ability. Always take refresher courses to ensure your dive theory is up to date and that you are constantly engaging in new safety practices that will ensure you have a great and safe diving experience.

Article kindly submitted by Jen Johnson

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