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Safe Diving Practices...

The following document might seem like common sense to experienced divers, but it serves as a great guide for new divers and students alike!

1) Maintain good mental and physical fitness for diving. Avoid being under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs when diving. Keep proficient in diving skills, striving to increase them through continuing education and reviewing them in controlled conditions after a period of diving inactivity.

2)Be familiar with the dive sites, if not obtain a formal diving orientation from a knowledgeable local source. If diving conditions are worse than those that have been experienced, postpone diving to a later date or select an alternate site with better conditions. Engage only in diving activities consistent with the training received and experience. 

3)Use complete well-maintained reliable equipment with which you are familiar with, and inspect it for correct fit and function prior to each dive.

4)Listen carefully to dive briefings and directions, and respect the advice of those supervising the dive.

5)Adhere to the buddy system throughout every dive, plan dives with your buddy and plan the action to be taken should you be separated. The standard practice is to search underwater for a minute, after which you surface if you cannot find your buddy. DO NOT CONTINUE DIVING ALONE.

6)Maintain proper buoyancy, and breathe properly. Never hold your breath or skip breathe.

Buddy Check procedure

A buddy is a very important procedure to be ensured before each and every dive. This will make diving stress free, and prevent any mishaps from occurring. The buddy check procedure can be easily remembered by the phrase "Begin With Review And Friend"

B stands for BCD, check that it is working.

W stands for weights, check for number of weights, type or belt.

R stands for releases, check all the clips and buckles and know how they work.

A stands for air, check that the tank is filled, and that the regulator is working properly.

F stands for a final OK before taking the plunge. 

Gloves anyone?

Under the sea, the marine life all look strange and exciting to us. We all have this urge to touch the colourful life below, but sometimes instincts tell us that colourful marine life and corals might be poisonous. Hence someone went out there and created the diving glove. An ingenious idea, some might say, but please be extra careful the next time you put on the glove, and remember what you have touched underwater.

I once had  a friend who touched everything with his ever so reliable US Diver gloves, corals, fishes, ferns, even jellyfishes. One fine day he forgot what he touched underwater, came up, used his gloved hand to wipe his face, and PRESTO! Jellyfish stings! Apparently he had molested a jellyfish underwater and the stings has transferred from the jellyfish to is face via the glove... OUCH...

So the next you wanna touch something, think twice. 

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