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Feb 03

Can scuba diving be dangerous?

The answer to this question is a resounding ‘yes’, unless you follow specific guidelines. Most deaths from scuba diving are caused by divers not following the training they have been given by organizations such as PADI. For example, if you go diving alone, or without a what is known as a dive ‘buddy’ you are certainly asking for trouble. I ran out of air in my tank once on a dive in Egypt. I was only around 10 metres deep but without a dive buddy sharing their oxygen tank with me, I would of been in serious danger. Scuba diving has been compared to crossing a busy road, if you don’t follow the guidelines, you may have an accident.

When people go diving for the first time it is not unusual for people to feel a little apprehensive. The human body is not designed to live underwater, therefore without the correct equipment and instruction, we won’t!

Training is essential and any accredited dive centres will insist on both theory training, on dry land, followed by shallow water or swimming pool sessions. Safety checks and drills for all equipment must be practiced until it’s pretty much second nature.

Safety checklists include checking your BCD ( buoyancy control device), checking the tank is fastened properly and everything is connected as it should be. Next check that your weight belt is fastened securely. Next is air – check your air is switched on, and check your dive buddies is also. Finally, check your mask and fins fit and are secure – again checking your buddies too.

As mentioned earlier, scuba diving is a fantastic experience and following all the correct safety procedures will not only make sure you are safe, but give you the confidence of knowing they are.

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