There are a lot of fun-filled things to do compare to things that you should avoid so might as well follow this list of 8 things to stop doing during your dive to have a safe and wonderful diving experience:
1.Holding your breath underwater
This is a bad habit you should stop immediately because while you hold your breath underwater and do not let air escape, your lungs can possibly burst. Well, it is possible to hold your breath while scuba diving as long as you neither ascend nor descend.
There are times when you really have to push yourself to the limit but unfamiliar diving is not one of them. Do not push yourself to keep up with more experienced divers because this is how accidents happen. Stick with your training and dive at your own comfort.
3.Forgetting to equalize the ears to the proper depth
The human body is not well-adapted to maintain balanced pressure underwater especially in deeper depths. There are various equalization techniques for every kind of divers, you just have to practice the one that fits you the most. Divers often skip this step but the lack of this exercise can ruin your dive and may actually cause permanent damage to your ear.
4.Imagining sharks eating you alive
Let’s not blame Hollywood for filming Jaws in which fearsome sharks munch divers and tourists for daily meals. In reality, the factual record on shark vs diver deadly encounter is pretty dull. In fact, the chance of diving with these majestic creatures are so little you’ll be thankful if you get one. Instead of this shark paranoia taking over your mind, just cherish and protect these endangered species.
5.Diving with a broken equipment
Some divers rent their gear from head to toe. This holds to great potential hazards. A diver should always thoroughly check their gear regardless if they own it or it’s a rental and never be shy to ask for a new one if you suspect something is off.
6.Drink and dive
Alcohol impedes nearly every reflex and reaction you need to dive safely. Research says that being hungover reduces athletic ability by 11% and scuba diving is an intermittently exertion-intensive sport. Aside from slower reaction time, you will feel crappy your entire dive if you choose to drown in booze.
7.Abandon your dive buddy
This is the rule of thumb for all divers from all the walks of life. Always remember that you’re not only responsible for your own safety but to your buddy as well. It feels good to have someone look after you before, during, and after the dive so do not let your diving buddy feel otherwise.
8.Touching marine life
As tempting as it may be, do not ever touch both underwater animals and plants. Firstly, this is for your own safety, most creatures possess defense mechanisms that may cause you harm once you lay your hands on them. Secondly, you’re only a visitor in their world, simply touching corals may cause to their destruction so please do not do it.