There are beginners, good divers, and the experts who have done hundreds of dives.
Diving and even snorkeling is great fun if done correctly.
But it can be dangerous if you are doing it incorrectly. You can avert an accident with good training and equipment.
Here are some basic diving and snorkeling rules that will keep you safe.
- Where Is Your Buddy – Never snorkel or dive alone in the open ocean. There can be so many problems. For instance, your equipment could malfunction, or you may become overly fatigued or injured. A snorkeling or diving buddy can come to your aid quickly in these situations. Alert each other with the simple ‘thumbs-up’ signal every few minutes to communicate. The two of you should be close together while snorkeling.
- Don’t Hold Your Breath – When diving, make sure never to hold your breath, as this can cause an injury. Air inside our lungs expands while you are going up and contracts while going down. Keep breathing to allow the excess air to escape. Air cannot escape if you hold the breath while it is expanding, and this may make the alveoli in the lung’s walls rupture.
- Stay Close To The Boat Or Shore – You should take 5-minute breaks between snorkeling trips – ideally every 10-15 minutes. This is important for preventing fatigue. Plus, you will also be able to restore your energy. You can get tired easily if you are snorkeling far away from your boat or the shore. And of course, you can escape quickly if there is an emergency.
- Do Not Rent The Cheapest Gear – It’s good to save money, but don’t take a chance with your life. The problem with rental snorkeling or diving equipment is that it may not fit you properly, and it could also be in a worn-out condition because of overuse. Best is to buy your own snorkeling vest and the other important gear, which will give you peace of mind. You know you can depend on the gear if you get the best quality.
- Study The Weather – Avoid rough water even if you have dived or snorkeled before. It could be dangerous. Rain and high wind is going to make the water extremely choppy. The waves are likely to be higher too. Snorkelers also need to know about the tides, because outgoing tides are known to trap people.
Take these simple precautions and diving and snorkeling is sure to be great fun.