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Scuba diving is a sport like no other but it has it’s own sets of dangers and know-hows. If you’re a diver, you have to know the do’s and don’ts of diving or else you would most probably find yourself in a dangerous situation. So what are some things we need to do before we go diving?

Check your equipment

First off, your gear is your life. Of course I assume you already know that you’re going to breathe through a cylindrical piece of metal. And if it doesn’t work when you’re down-deep, well, let’s just say, it’s not a nice situation to be in. Your gears determine your diving experience. Poor gears = poor dive. And I assure you, poor dive means more than the diving experience – it might mean your life.

First Aid

There are a lot of possible incidents that can happen in a dive such as decompression sickness, dehydration, hypothermia and/or heat stroke. You have to know that your first-aid equipment is complete to assist a fellow diver or even yourself when such events occur.

Know your buddy

Diving alone is pretty dangerous – especially if you’re new to the sport. Being a newbie in diving means you have not mastered experientially the do’s and don’ts of scuba diving. You need to keep your buddy (or sometimes we call it diving partner) in sight at all times. Lone wolves don’t do well in scuba diving – take it from the fishes, they always have buddies to swim with.

Learn how to communicate

Obviously you can’t talk when you’re diving. You have to learn how to communicate when you’re deep down under. Know which hand signals to use to communicate with your fellow divers. This is vitally important for them to know if there’s anything you need – like going to the comfort room (kidding).

Know your waters

Navigation is vital. Getting lost in the world of the deep is quite a scary experience. You cannot always rely on your buddy to be there and you cannot always rely on your memory. You have to know how to navigate underwater for you to be able to return to a predetermined rendezvous point.

All in all, you better know what to prepare, how to prepare and then do it.

Thanks to Sean Si of Expeditionfleet Blog

Kathy Dowsett

www.kirkscubagear.com

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About Kathy Dowsett

I believe in protecting our oceans, lakes and rivers, as well as their aquatic life. I respect the work of conservation groups such as Save the Sharks, Save the Sea Turtles and Save our Wrecks. I believe that the use of plastic bags/bottled water should be discouraged as plastic finds its way to the ocean. I also support Diving for the Disabled and Swimming for the Disabled. As a PADI-certified diver, my interest in diving led to the opening in July 2008 of kirkscubagear, my online business. My site offers more than 2,000 products, including freediving, swimming and outdoor equipment. My continuing goal is to encourage diving and offer customers a shopping alternative for the purchase of scuba gear.

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