Rules for Diving
Below are the golden rules for diving that you have to apply in all your dives. Applying these will minimize the risks of diving. Regardless of your scuba diving certification level, these rules for diving should be taken in consideration for having safe and comfortable dives.
Before Scuba Training
- Search for the diving agencies/systems and start your training in a reputable one.
- Ask for a check up from your doctor, a diving doctor if available.
- Search for a dive center using proper equipment (not with ripped suits and rusty tanks).
- Maka a safety check for your equipment.
- Don’t dive bad odored air.
- Listen to the briefing of your dive leader
- If you are not feeling good, don’t dive that day/at that time
- Plan your dive
During Your Dive
- Never hold your breath
- Give small bubbles from your mouth when your regulator is out-of-your mouth (in training, regulator clearing skill for example)
- Fine-tune your buoyancy (establish neutral buoyancy underwater)
- Never hold your breath -continuous breathing-
- Don’t exceed the ascend rate of 9 meters/minute.
- Never dive alone
- Make a safety stop (3 minutes in 5 meters) in every dive you dive deeper than 10 meters
- Surface with a minimum of 35 bars in your tank
After Your Dive
- If you are not feeling good (thinking that your performance wasn’t that good), gain some experience by making “easier” dives for you. For example, if there was a current and was hard for you to swim, try to do some non-current dives and take your self-confidence back.
- Listen to the debriefing of your dive leader
- Log your dives
- Keep your diving skills sharp
- Stay cool if the weather is hot, stay hot if the weather is cold.
I also advise you to read 10 Golden Rules for Scuba Diving.