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Scuba Diving Accidents and Mistakes

Submitted by admin on 2009-06-12 | Last Modified on 2010-06-15

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Scuba diving can be a fun and exciting hobby, but it can also be very dangerous when proper precautions are not taken. Amateur scuba diving is fraught with accidents and common mistakes, which could usually easily be avoided if enthusiasts first took the time to be careful. By examining some of these accidents and common mistakes, amateur scuba diving enthusiasts can help ensure their safety and continued amusement and exhilaration beneath the waves.

Be aware of your surroundings. Too many divers, especially in the beginning, have a complete disregard for other divers and the environment around them. Not only can this result in kicking the faces and masks of other divers, it can also cause damage to the marine life around you, such as the coral of a dive spot. While many amateur scuba diving students all want to be right behind the dive master or scuba instructor when diving, it’s more important to be concerned with your surroundings. You don’t need to be directly behind the instructor; you’re still in the class and can enjoy the same activities and landscapes.

Additionally, a lack of adequate buoyancy is one of the primary reasons fragile underwater environments are damaged. Poor buoyancy control leads to divers being unable to retain neutral buoyancy throughout a dive. When there is not enough buoyancy, divers have a tendency to overcompensate by swinging around wildly, trying to stay down under the water. This leads to a tired and exhausted diver, as well as a potentially ruined underwater environment. With proper initial buoyancy control, a diver is able to enjoy the dive more thoroughly and safely.

Diving is a beautiful experience. It is understandable that divers would want to continue that experience. However, it is important not to collect items from the ocean. Leave the seashells and marine life alone; they are not meant to be souvenirs. The beauty needs to be there for the next diver.

When you are underwater, it is important to ascend to equalize. Too many amateur divers try to use force to equalize. It is much more important to take the time to ascend just a little, to do so in a safe manner.

What helps you to go under the water when you dive? Your weight belt. One common mistake among amateur divers is that they forget to put on and wear their weight belt, as they go off the boat and into the water. It’s a simple mistake, but can save you time if you just make a conscious effort to recall this item. Without your weight belt or the right amount of weight on you, you are likely to float like the boat you just came off.

It is very important to make sure that your equipment is securely fastened to your body. There are so many pieces, which need to be securely adhered to your body in order to be properly utilized. Fins are particularly important. If they are not secured tightly enough, they can be lost in the ocean. They are an integral part of diving and need to be used properly to make the most of the experience.

Please comment on this article and let us know of other common mistakes and accidents that amateur scuba divers can make.

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