Safety is one of the things everyone claims to be aware of: if you go to a shooting range they won’t stop saying the word safety. If you are into finances, they won’t stop talking about safe investments. If you are in construction they will keep on using the phrase “safe to construct.” So as with all these industries, I say today: safety in diving is essential.
It doesn’t have to do much with messing around with the equipment, or not paying attention to our high skill and advanced classes (which you can learn more about here.) It has to do with mechanical failure and whenever it is not your fault, it will be some mechanism that didn’t work correctly or something that is broken etc. If you were shooting darts, I wouldn’t worry that much about it. I mean in that case, worst case scenario is that you miss the target. But when it comes to scuba diving, that is a whole different story: of course you will have many professionals over watching you in our indoor tanks, however at some point you will go to regular “ocean rules.” In that new environment things like waves, blurry water and stressful behavior can change a whole lot for you. Get your A game straight at the indoor facilities, to ensure the greatest experience in the outdoors.So what can go wrong? Well, mechanisms aren’t perfect and fortunately, most of the times the type of failures are very temporary. In other words, an experienced diver can handle those set backs with no big difficulty or risk of drowning. For instance your mask can blurry up so much you can’t see your nose, let alone try and see a few meters in front of you. The oxygen meter may stop working or show false data (use common sense and a regular watch on the time you have been down there.) There may be some problem with the valve and you may have a problem in oxygen transportation: in this one, you really can’t afford to have this problem in the water. You need to check for that, before you even put your feet in the water. If you are not sure that oxygen is being transferred into your mask use special oxygen devices to measure the flow of it. Again: if that goes wrong when you are down in the bottom of the ocean, you better have some decent diving skills to climb back on top to the surface. Because most of the times you wouldn’t be able to make it, I am suggesting to you today to always check your oxygen flow.
Another thing that co go wrong in terms of other equipment you carry with you, is some kind of damage to your source of light. If you are diving at night (it’s better if you didn’t) you may have a problem with your lighting system: you may run out of batteries, or you may have been too cheap and didn’t buy a proper flash light specialized for such purposes. In that case again I would suggest you first notice that while on the boat and out of the water. Put in fresh batteries, or even take advantage of those new solar energy saving devices that will shine all night long. You can use those other sticks that fisherman crack which light up and give you the light you need. Or make sure when you go down there, you do so with other people who are also fully equipped with such items.
Speaking of other people, my advice to you all (especially younger diving people who are new to this) is that you go down in the bottom of the ocean in teams. There is no sense going alone, because if something happens (and usually something will happen in each dive) you will be all alone, dancing with death. Getting other people that are perhaps more experienced than you, not only will guarantee a safer experience, but it will also give you more confidence. Many times I wonder if the mistakes made by scuba divers that go alone happen because of their anxiety (of being alone) or because no one else is there to help them. I think it’s a little bit of both and in any case, just make sure you are doing everything you can on your end, to not push your luck.
These are the basic safety tips I have for you today, feel free to offer some additional ones in the comments below. Next few posts are going to be very interesting, so please follow up today on my blog.