With the advent of long summers and great diving on offer, it’s surprising how much underwater time you can clock up and in no time you can feel there is nothing that can go wrong. This is true if you are following safe diving practices and using common sense so we’ve put together some of our top tips for safe diving:
- Keep your knowledge and dive skills fresh
There are a couple of different ways to do this; Re-read your Standard Safe Diving Practices every few months, you’ll be surprised what comes to mind that you might have let slip. Book in for a Scuba Review or Re-Activate session with an online knowledge section, pool skills and join us for guided dives.
- Check your health
Have you been sick or had any other changes to your health? Check your Medical Statement. It is recommended that you review the R.S.T.C. Medical Statement annually or if you have been sick and talk to your doctor if you have any YES answers or are unsure. This is a document that is compiled by the Recreational Scuba Training Council for dive course participants and divers alike, used world wide to improve diver safety.
- Get the right training
Yes this is a sales pitch, but because we know the right training goes a long way towards safer diving. Keep up the good habits and follow the procedures you learn too, these are there to keep you alive. Dive conservatively; as an example, Advanced Open Water Divers are certified to a maximum of 30 meters, remember that is a MAXIMUM. This means that ideally you would dive shallower that this until you are certified to go deeper. This is called being conservative and often overlooked or forgotten with a little experience.
We recommend the core courses: Open Water Diver, Advanced Open Water and Rescue Diver for every scuba diver. Being certified beyond the level required for you diving plans is a great safety precaution.
- Get local advice and check the conditions.
Every area is different and the weather can change quickly and unexpectedly. Talk to your local dive store and even check in before you go abroad, who knows we might already have a trip planned to your desired destination and vetted the operation. Join the Pro’s on a dive trip!
- Listen to the Pro’s
Practicing SCUBA instructors are checked regularly in NZ by Worksafe and monitored by PADI, their experience and training has taught them what works. If you are concerned or not sure of something, ask us. If it sounds odd, double check with another member of the staff or crew in case the answer or question was misinterpreted.
- Your dive gear is essentially life support equipment so check – check – check.
After every dive, rinse your gear and check things over for damage or anything that looks out of place, ask your dive buddy if they saw anything odd about your gear during the dive too. Bring your gear into our Store to get checked by one of us or for a service – the worldwide industry recommendation for regulators and BCD’s is annually or every 100 dives, whichever comes first. Check your fin straps, mask and snorkel regularly too along with any accessories.
These are some suggestions is all and should not be miss-taken for training or experience. Master Scuba Diver should be your ultimate goal when recreational diving and to dive with reputable dive operations like NZ Sea Adventures. Your safety and enjoyment underwater is what we are all about…