Scuba diving is a safe practice, when the rules and guidelines are followed carefully. However, to prevent something from going wrong, it is extremely important to perform some checks before the dive.
This is because there is a long list of things that can go wrong and without careful preparation, you can probably count on at least one thing that that may happen to you.
6 Things that you need to do before the dive
To help prevent that from happening and to put yours and your family’s minds at ease, we came up with a list of 6 things that you should do before the dive and start your next dive session. Most of them may seem obvious, but it is always a good idea to have a reference point to consult.
#1 Water Temperature
Since you are going to be in the water and exposed to the temperature of the water for an extended period of time, it is imperative that you know ahead of time what the water conditions. While it may not be necessary for all locations, but it is still a good idea to know ahead of time whether the water will be excessively warm or overly cold.
Fortunately, for both situations, there is equipment that is designed to be used in unique situations such as water temperature. This includes specialized wet suits, dive masks, and other gear that when worn can help to improve your diving experience.
The human body is inherently buoyant which means that staying underwater for long periods of time tends to go against that concept. As part of your diving training, you would have been taught that you will need to have a certain amount of extra weight to help you to stay under the water. Part of your dive gear will include a weighted belt and this is what will help to keep you under the water.
With that said it is very important that you figure out exactly how much weight you should have on your weight belt for the area that you will be diving. You should always check this before the dive or even better before you pack your gear.
#3 Sea conditions
As with the water temperature, it is very important to be fully aware of the condition of the seas before you get into the dive boat that is going to be taking you out to where you and your party will be diving. You would not want to be out diving in the open ocean and find out that the dive boat that brought you out into the water suddenly had to leave the area because of a storm or heavy seas warning forced them to leave.
Depending on how bad the seas are, it could make it very difficult to safely enter or exit the water. This could lead to a potentially dangerous situation and if you are not aware of the possibility it could really be dangerous.
#4 The dive site
Knowing in advance specific details about the dive site is highly recommended. It is never a good idea to leave it to chance that you would be able to handle any and all situations that you could be confronted with under the water. Unless you are intimately familiar with every aspect of the dive area that you are planning to visit, you should always contact one or more local dive shops in the area to find a knowledgeable dive guide to help show you the area that you will be diving. This is the absolute best way to help minimize the surprises that you could possibly be confronted with.
#5 Carefully inspect all of your gear before the dive
Your dive gear is absolutely the most important part of scuba diving and knowing that everything is in good working condition is paramount. The last thing you want to do is get caught under the water and find out that your regulator was leaking air. While most people would probably agree that fully inspecting the regulator is very important, however, a worn or cracked mask is equally important. So, to avoid any problems, it is highly recommended that you thoroughly inspect each piece of equipment before you even pack it up for your trip. By doing this you could potentially save yourself some money in case you end up needing to replace something that you find out is damaged just before you are about to enter the water.
#6 Your buddy
Last, but certainly, not least you want to be sure that the person who will be diving with you is equally prepared. It is always a good idea not to dive alone, so having a five buddy is really important. Now, since there is a real possibility that you could be forced to rely on your buddy to help you in case of a catastrophic situation occur, you want to be sure that they have prepared themselves. It is better to be safe than absolutely sorry in the event that something serious happens.
A safe scuba diving experience
Taking these tips into account could help you to minimize risks. However, if we really want to enjoy diving in a new place, safely and without having to worry about some of these points, it is best to join a tour at a local dive center.
At Costa Rica Dive and Surf, for example, we check in detail all our equipment in a daily basis and before each tour. We know in depth the areas where we dive and we are monitoring the weather and any possible changes in sea conditions. We dive with you and guide you in what you need.
If you come through southern Costa Rica and want to know some of the most incredible places to dive, send us a message. We would love you to join one of our spectacular tours.