Essential Tips for a Safe Dive
Scuba diving can be one of the most fulfilling and unique hobbies a person can have. While many frontiers of adventure have been thoroughly mapped, the ocean still holds a certain mystique and feeling of the unknown. It is a place of tranquility and muffled beauty. All life began in the oceans and so when we return, we may sense that primordial essence in the stillness of the sea. Still, diving can be very dangerous if you are reckless or ill-informed. Luckily, at Dive Catalina, all of our classes feature small numbers so that you can get more personal coaching from our instructors. We are enamored with the ocean, and we want others to enjoy it too. That’s why we always stress the importance of safety when diving, we want you to be doing this for a lifetime!
While diving is a hobby of continual learning, here are a few basic tips we think are essential to having a safe dive:
Always Check Your Gear
The first safety tip begins before you even dive in! Make sure to give your gear a preliminary check. Make sure your regulator is functioning properly by giving it a breath test. Be sure to check if you are properly weighted once you arrive at the dive site; buoyancy checks are extremely important as buoyancy can be highly variable based on saltwater vs freshwater and many personal factors such as body composition. Having proper buoyancy will make your descent and ascent that much easier.
Remember to Breathe/Never Hold Your Breath
Pulmonary barotrauma is a nasty thing that you should never have to experience. This is the most important rule when diving in terms of immediate danger to your health. The air in your lungs expands during ascent and contracts during descent in accordance with Boyle’s law. Excess air can escape with ease so long as you keep steadily breathing (a goal we all can get behind). However, when a diver holds their breath, there is no longer a way for air to escape as it expands. This can cause tremendous internal injuries through rupturing along your lung walls. In bad cases, it’s fatal. We get it, the ocean is a breathtaking place, but don’t actually hold your breath. Avoiding pulmonary barotrauma is as simple as breathing.
Dive Within Your Limits
If you love diving as much as we do at Dive Catalina, you’re going to be doing this for the rest of your life. All in all, not a bad sentence! Many newcomers get so caught up in all the physical components of safety (this is a good thing), that they forget to stay humble. The ocean is magnificent, and diving is a true joy. It’s quite easy to want to rapidly improve, dive deeper, dive at more challenging sites, dive alone, etc. There is a time and a place for all of that, but as a beginner, it is most important to just take it slow and enjoy the learning curve. If you feel at all uneasy about a dive or diving in certain conditions, just don’t do it. There will be clearer days and more opportunities to challenge yourself when you’ve accumulated enough water time to feel more comfortable.
Scuba Diving Catalina Island
Scuba diving is an amazing experience, so amazing that we started this business of taking people out to explore the beauty of Catalina as well as offering dive classes for newcomers to get their feet wet and get certified in the basics of diving. Visit our contact page or give us a call at (310)-510-3175 to be one step closer to exploring the beauty of Catalina!