Five things to remember while scuba diving| Last Updated: May 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM
With a coastline stretching over 7,517 km, India boasts of several places perfect for scuba diving. The pleasure of witnessing the diverse marine flora and fauna under sea is something that can’t be expressed in words.
Though safe, scuba diving is a pleasure only if the rules are followed. Read on to know the things you should keep in mind while going for scuba diving.
Learn from the internet
Information is available on the internet about the best places for scuba diving and other related information. Check on the net the places which are safe for scuba diving. Andaman and Lakshadweep are the most popular scuba diving hot spots.
Try to find out from the internet about the facilities provided by the scuba diving tour operators, the quality of equipment they provide and if they have trained guides. Also, find out the kind of medical facilities available.
Check your fitness
Before you plunge headlong into the deep sea, there are three things you should know about yourself. First is your health and fitness level. Those suffering from severe asthma, lung injuries, smokers, heart conditions should avoid going for scuba dives. Consulting your family doctor is the best option.
You need to be strong as you will have to carry the heavy air heavy cylinder and scuba gears which might weigh you down.
Another thing to check is if you suffer from Thalassophobia. Though scuba diving is safe, Thalassophobia or fear of the sea could prevent you from exploring the treasures of the underwater sea.
Preparation and Planning
The check-list doesn’t get over once you have ascertained your fitness levels and reached your chosen destination. There are some more things to do before you can take the plunge.
Unless you are a professional and regular scuba diver, most tourists prefer to rent scuba diving gear. Choose the gear carefully and look out for signs of wear and tear. Leakage in mask can endanger your life.
Be attentive when the instructor takes lessons in scuba diving. Learn how to handle the gadgets, equipments and oxygen cylinder under water.
Follow the rule and be safe
Safety is the most important thing and rules need to be followed strictly. Descend and ascend slowly. If you ascend quickly, you might suffer from Nitrogen Narcosis, a reversible alteration in consciousness that occurs while diving at depth.
Taking frequent break and ascending gradually will help avoid the illness. Never hold your breath as it can cause injuries to your lungs.
Do not swim away from your partner or your guide.
While scuba diving, don’t touch unknown plants, coral reefs or animals as they might be poisonous. Avoid drinking alcohol just before going for a dive as it can cause problems related to blood pressure and affect ability to think clearly. In bad weather conditions do not go for scuba diving. Another cardinal rule while diving, do not panic.
First Published: May 17, 2012 at 11:03 AM