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What You Should Never Do on a Dive

Posted by Chris White on Thu, Aug 07, 2014 @ 08:45 AM

What You Should Never Do on a Dive

The golden rules of what NOT to do while scuba diving. Use common sense & scuba training to have fun and stay safe.

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Never Not Have A Plan Do your research. Plan your dive & dive your plan. Agree with your buddy on depth, time, safety stops & minimum air before you head to the exit point. Check your equipment!

Don't Be Sick Including hangovers. You'll want as much energy as possible to dive & you'll want to stay hydrated. Eat at least 2 hours before hand & drink plenty of water. Take sea sickness pills to build immunity.

Do Not Go Outside Your Comfort Level This isn't some reverse psychology ploy. If you feel uncomfortable diving that deep, DON'T DO IT. Stay within your comfort level, skill & training. Otherwise, you could panic and get hurt.

Never Hold Your Breath When you descend the pressure on your lungs increases & your lung volume decreases, it's the opposite for ascending. A diver who holds his breath underwater seals off his lungs, severely hurting them.

Never Go Alone Use the buddy system; one person below, one above and yourself. It can be incredibly dangerous (and difficult) to dive by yourself. If you are certified, bring another certified friend.

Don't Buddy Breath Unless you and a buddy have practiced breathing from a single regulator, do not do it. Typically, one of you will forget to control your buoyancy.

Proceed with Bad Weather Ask around about weather & conditions the morning of. Err on the side of caution: if it's too rough and it could lead to a dangerous situation, don't go.

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