Scuba diving is a fun activity, but most of what is involved in this is understanding that there may be challenges or threats to your safety while you engage in this activity. Learning how deal with these threats is part of the sport. It is important to ensure that you are safe at all times. Here are some safety precautions for scuba diving.
Do Not Hold Your Breath
I put this as the first point because it is the most important. Holding your breath while scuba diving is something that you should never do because it could easily make a fun activity turn into a serious disaster through injury and even death. Those of you who are familiar with Boyle’s law will know that the air that is in your lungs expands as you go up and contracts as you go down. It is no issue if you are breathing continuously, but if you hold your breath and the air in your lungs is expanding, then the lungs may be severely damaged.
This is also a very important precaution. The rate at which you ascend should not be fast. If you go faster than the sustained rate, then the nitrogen that was absorbed will not be able to dissolve in time. You will get a kind of sickness known as decompression. Avoid this by maintaining a good rate while ascending. If you are using a computer, then you will get a warning if you are ascending too fast. Make sure your BCD is fully deflated before you start ascending and do not use the inflator button for this purpose.
Inspect Your Gear
While you are underwater, whether you make it out or not largely depends on the gear and equipment that you have. Make sure your gear is in good condition and that you know how to use it. The majority of accidents that have occurred before with regards to scuba diving are not because of faulty equipment but because the diver certainly did not know how to handle this equipment. Stay safe and familiarize yourself with this equipment before you go for a dive. It just might save your life.
Know Your Limits
Make sure that you understand your limits when it comes to scuba diving. Do not let peer pressure affect your decisions. If you are not comfortable or do not qualify do dive in certain conditions or to a certain depth, then do not try to do it.