Although it seems that scuba diving is a sport with high danger potential, it is actually a safe sport when conducted sensibly. The following list of rules offers basic preparing tips to minimize the likelihood of a diving accident.
1. Ensure You Are Certified to Dive
Some scuba dive operators require you to have a dive certification and/or specialty competency. Therefore, before starting diving on your trip, try to gain your dive certification from a licensed dive operator.
Some operators offer introductory dive courses, however, these are not a green light for you to dive wherever and whenever you want. If you dive uncertified or are uncertified and dive without a certified diver, you will not be covered by travel insurance because travel insurance policy wordings feature information around cover for scuba diving. Read this carefully before you dive to make it clear what you are covered for.
2. Make Sure You are Fit to Dive
If you have never dived before, you should complete a medical examination in your home country to make sure that you are fit to dive. Before learning to dive, you will be required to sign a medical statement. If you are generally fit and healthy, there is no problem.
If you have already been certified to dive, don’t dive if you are not feeling healthy. Especially, avoid diving if you have got a head cold or a hangover.
3. Dive With a Certified Diving School
Research on the internet for recommended dive schools in the area you are traveling to. It is important to know they are well-established and have experienced staff, well-maintained scuba equipment, and boats.
4. Listen to Your Dive Guide or Instructor
Once you are on the dive boat, you must listen to your instructor or guide, whether you are experienced or not. You need to follow your instructor’s guide on what you need to watch out for, where you are going, and the route you will follow.