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6 Things You Should Know About Scuba Diving

Scuba diving is one of peopleโ€™s favorite trip activities. It allows you to see and experience the marine world in person. According to definition, scuba diving is diving with just a pipe. This is an exotic activity, and one of the most popular in the world. But, there is a certain danger about this diving. So, if you want to find out more about the things you should know, here are some useful tips. 

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  1. Certification

Some scuba operators demand certification. Always ask for certificates from respectable scuba diving or diving schools before you set out on a trip. Some operators will offer you introductory scuba diving. However, this just means you will dive within the company of the instructor. And, this means, that you are still not able to dive on your own. If you set on the dive on your own, any kind of accident will not be covered by your travel insurance. 

  1. Fit Enough?

Before you start scuba diving you should go through a medical examination. You should check your overall health. If you are healthy and fit enough, it will not be a problem for you to dive. But, if you have noticed some changes in your health which can be a problem in water, then you should just skip scuba diving. Never dive if you are not 100% sure. If you feel something like a headache, muscle ache, you have frequent spasms and feel dizziness, you must not dive until you feel better. Symptoms like this will only get worse under the water due to the high pressure. Dive when you feel like you again.ย 

  1. Scuba Diving Schools and Equipment

Before you set on a trip, make sure you find a certified scuba diving school. Read reviews, learn more, and do not book appointments if they are not well-established and do not have a good reputation. You should seek professional and experienced instructors. Also, another essential instance is the equipment. Your diving school should have good and secure equipment. Otherwise, your life can be in deadly danger.ย 

  1. Listen to Your Instructor

The first diving experience can be beyond terrifying until you get used to the surroundings. Panic attacks and muscle spasms are the most frequent things that can occur. In these situations, it is crucial to listen to your instructor.ย  Otherwise, it is not only your life that can be in danger. Also, some animals are poisonous and can bite you. Follow the signals of your instructor and do not touch them if there is a risk. Additionally, before you dive, there will be a route briefing. You must listen carefully if you do not want yourself to get lost or behind your group.ย 

  1. Scuba Buddy

This is the essential part. It is extremely important to introduce yourself to your scuba partner. Both of you must listen to his instructions and make sure you have not missed anything. Aside from the great friendship you can start, your scuba buddy is your companion, and you have to form a bond for the safety of both of you. Exchange all the information you got from your scuba instructor, and make sure you did not miss anything. Before you get into the water, bring with you your policy number, medical information, and emergency contacts. You must have scuba diving insurance. There is a special policy that insures this part of protection. 

  1. Additional Tips

Never hold your breath, breathe normally. Scuba is a strange activity that does an impossible thing. Breathing underwater. It is extremely important not to hold your breath. This can cause blood embolism, which can be a fatal injury. Another important thing is to equalize your ears frequently. Just as in the plane, there is a change in pressure while you are going in the depth, so if you want to avoid the injury of the inner ear, you should equalize whenever you feel the need. Beware of your air consumption. Make sure there is enough air for you to come back to the surface. Your scuba instructor will check on you, but it is your responsibility to check the air level. Last, but not least, always check on your scuba buddy. If you see something interesting, then you should give a signal to your scuba buddy and slowly go towards it. If you lose your scuba buddy, look around for a minute, if there are still not there, then you should dive out, and they should do the same thing. 

Scuba diving is a unique experience. It has several different elements which just elevate the entire experience. Besides experiencing the marine world in person, you make new friends and create a special bond with people you dive with.

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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