How to Scuba Dive Safely (part 2)

5. Double Check All Your Scuba Gear

You will need to set up all your scuba gear en route to the dive site. Take your time to double-check everything is working. If you are unsure about anything, ask your guide or instructor.

6. Remember to Do Your Buddy Check

Introduce yourself to your buddy beforehand, so you can get to know each other a little. It is better for you both safe and it can also be the beginning of a great friendship. Doing the buddy check of each other’s scuba gear is very important before you get in the water to ensure that neither of you has missed anything.

7. Have Scuba Diving and Travel Insurance

Make sure you are covered both above and below water with insurance that states scuba diving activities are included. Cover for scuba diving varies with World Nomads, so read the policy wording to ensure you know what you are covered for.

Remember to check that any travel insurance policy you consider covers all your scuba diving needs to make sure you are covered adequately in the event of illness or injury. And if in doubt, clearly ask the travel insurance provider any questions before purchase.

Being covered on land is also vital, as diving often involves being in remote locations.

8. Carry Your Policy Number, Emergency Contacts, and Medical Information

It is a good idea to carry your policy number, emergency contacts, or any medical information with you while having a diving holiday in case you are injured or become ill.

9. Breathe Normally, Never Hold Your Breath

Scuba is a strange and exhilarating experience since you’re doing something technically impossible – breathing underwater. It’s important to never hold your breath – breathe normally at all times while scuba diving. Holding your breath can cause an air embolism, which is a serious and potentially fatal injury.

10. Equalize Frequently as You Descend

Like on a plane, the change of pressure when you descend to depth while diving means that you need to equalize your ears. This needs to be frequently done and before feeling any pain in order to avoid injury to your inner ear.