Scuba Diving Safety Tips
If you follow some basic scuba diving safety rules, it should help make sure all your dives are safe ones. While diving is considered a safe sport, it is not without its' risks. After all, we dive for fun and we don't want that to stop. So try and follow these so you will have a long and enjoyable diving career.
How Long do I Have to Wait to Dive After Giving Birth?
While you of course would have to check with your doctor, there are some general guidelines for resuming diving after giving birth. If you had a vaginal delivery, it is recommended that you wait at least 4 weeks before resuming diving.
If you had a cesarean delivery, it is advised that you wait at least 8 weeks before you hit the water again.
Of course, these are only rough rules of thumb, it is different for every women depending on the circumstances of her delivery and health. Always check with your doctor before resuming diving.
Scuba Diving Safety Rules:
Get proper training
Having proper training will make you much more comfortable underwater and that is key to having a safe dive. Gettingcertified is a big first step. If you dive after taking a resort course just make sure you don't go too deep (30 feet should be the max). Some resorts are known to be very lax on this rule and it is to your detriment. If you go diving in caves, caverns, wrecks, etc. have the proper training for this type of dive. Don't dive beyond your ability.
Don't hold your breath
Remember to always breathe slowly and in a relaxed manner and to exhale fully. Don't take short, shallow breathes and never hold your breath. Holding your breath underwater can lead to lung injuries and worse, in the extreme case.
Be in good physical shape
You don't have to be a triathlete but you should be able to swim and take the stress of diving. A physical exam is a good idea before diving. Some studies have shown that about a quarter to a third of all scuba diving fatalities are from heart and/or circulatory problems.
Never dive alone
One of the key scuba diving safety rules. Always dive with a buddy no matter where you are. And when you do dive with a buddy, keep an eye on him/her to make sure everything is OK (and hopefully they are doing the same). If something happens, that buddy can be the difference between life and death. Never violate this rule. Also do a pre-dive equipment check with your buddy.
Know weather conditions
If you are with a dive operator it is usually their call but you can say no if you are not comfortable. We did a dive once and the current was much stronger than they expected. It was doable until we turned a corner on reef then it was crazy. It wasn't fun and I was getting uncomfortable. Since the divemaster wasn't stopping the dive, I ascended early. It's OK to say no. It is your safety after all. The divemaster did end up cutting the dive short and surfaced shortly after us.