As certified divers, we all try to be the best we can be. However, we sometimes forget little things that can turn into mistakes. But the good news is with little knowledge and practice, you can avoid those mistakes.
This article lists the four common mistakes that divers and new divers make and how to avoid them.
NOT MAINTAINING GEAR PROPERLY
If you are scuba diving, you are entering a different environment. That’s why your dive gear is your lifeline throughout your dive, so you should maintain and treat it like one:
- Rinse your equipment after each dive and wash it after each trip before storing it. After cleaning it, air-dry it in a cool, shady, and well-ventilated area.
- Store your gear in a place that is protected from extreme temperatures and also dust-free and dirt-free.
- Regularly check your equipment for signs of wear and check the hoses for leaks or cracks. You must monitor your regulator closely.
NOT CREATING A PROPERLY DIVE PLAN
Dive Planning is one of the most important things to do before diving. Dive plans prepare you and prevent and manage any diving incidents. That’s why you should learn as much as possible about the diving site you are diving into while planning. However, diving with a guide, you should listen to them throughout their briefing. Stay aware of various landmarks and currents, this will not only ensure that you are safe throughout the dive, but it will also help you become a better diver.
DIVING BEYOND YOUR LIMITS
As a diver, there’s always an urge to develop your skills and progress. When diving, there are always things to learn, such as how to dive in new dive sites and how to fix and maintain your gear. However, it is essential to remember that you are only qualified to dive in the conditions in which you have been trained. No matter where your adventures take you, make sure you are properly trained for it.
DIVING WHEN YOU FEEL SICK
If you feel sick or don’t feel ready for a dive, you must say so. You must be medically fit when you dive. Because diving when you feel ill doesn’t just make the dive less enjoyable, but it also risks your safety. That’s why before diving, you must assess yourself and be vigilant about the acute illness that you might have. If you aren’t feeling well, it may be better to stay at your home and sit this diving day out.