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Essential Tips You Should Know Before You Start Diving

Scuba diving is an underwater activity that involves using a self contained underwater breathing apparatus (scuba) to enable the diver to breathe. You need air and a complete scuba gear to help you breathe underwater. We have 6 tips for you to consider when you want to start diving:

  1. If you are not yet certified, We recommend taking a beginner class and getting your PADI Open Water Certification before going on a big trip. One thing you should not do is take up a casual offer to go diving, unless it’s through a legitimate, instructor-led program for non-certified divers.
  1. Understand your Equipment and the hazards.
    For safety reasons, we need to understand exactly how to use our underwater equipment, we should also understand the timing and the hazards it can cause. That is why before going diving, we should always double check all the equipment, whether it is installed and working properly or not.
    Note for all divers, we need to check all of your equipment such as Diving Mask, Snorkel, Wetsuit or Drysuit, Scuba Gloves, Fins, Scuba Tank, Regulator, Depth Gauge, Submersible Pressure Gauge (SPG) & Compass and Dive Computer. First of all you need to understand how all of this equipment work.
  1. Know your diving area, diving time and diving etiquette.
    For another safety reason, please always check the area where you will go diving. Check the water visibility, current, coral, what aquatic animals you will see there, if is it a national park or not. So it is always good to know the reason to go and the reason not to go.
  1. Always have at least 1 person with you.
    This is mostly for any extreme sport you do, please have at least one person with you so you can communicate and protect each other, because you never know what will happen underwater.
  1. Stay Hydrated and drink plenty of Water.
    You will go underwater in the salty water with a different atmosphere, our body is not built to be underwater so we need to prepare for it. Since in water the body cools faster than in the air, our body will have a hard time because it must be able to maintain its temperature at 37 ° C. Drink water up to one-half hour before you dive to help counteract diuresis during your initial water immersion.
  1. Eat a little less than you would normally eat.
    What you eat might just make the difference between having a safe, fun diving adventure and one that may end up in vomiting. It is better to always eat a little less than you would normally eat, or even better is to prepare special diet food one day before your dive. You should focus on foods that are good for you and that you can digest easily. And if you want to eat something just before the dive, a fruit mash or a cereal bar will be easily assimilated and digested. You do not always think about it but eating while taking your time is already a good start for easier digestion.

Additional Info to help you start your diving and  Minimize Your DCS Risk

  • Ascend slowly. A slow ascent rate is a “rolling” decompression stop that allows nitrogen to offgas before it bubbles.
  • Make a safety stop.
  • Don’t exercise after diving.
  • End the dive shallow. 
  • Avoid sawtooth and bouncy profiles.
  • Wait 24 hours before flying.
  • Stay warm.
  • Stay hydrated.

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