Scuba Diving Safety Rules

If you follow some basic scuba diving safety rules, it should help make sure all your dives are safe ones. While diving is considered a safe sport, it is not without its' risks. After all, we dive for fun and we don't want that to stop.

So try and follow these so you will have a long and enjoyable diving career. 

Basic Rules For Safe Diving

Get proper training

This is one cardinal rule of safe diving. Having proper training will make you much more comfortable underwater and that is key to having a safe dive.

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The best place to start, of course, is by taking a scuba diving certification course. You will get the training you need and will increase your chances of having a safe dive.

(If you aren't certified yet and want to learn more about getting certified, you can check out our open water certification page.)

Many people's first experience with diving is through a dive during a resort course. If you fall into this camp, just make sure you don't go too deep (30 feet should be the max). Some resorts are known to be very lax on this rule and it is to your detriment.

If you are certified and go diving in caves, caverns, wrecks, etc., you also need the proper training for these types of dives. Whatever you do, don't dive beyond your ability.

Don't hold your breath 

This is probably the #1 cardinal rule of diving. Remember to always breathe slowly and in a relaxed manner and to exhale fully.

Don't take short, shallow breathes and never hold your breath. Holding your breath underwater can lead to lung injuries and worse, in the extreme case. 

Be in good physical shape

You don't have to be a triathlete but you should be able to swim and take the stress of diving. A physical exam is a good idea before diving. Some studies have shown that about a quarter to a third of all scuba diving fatalities are from heart and/or circulatory problems.

Taking a dive class for safe diving

Never dive alone

This is another key scuba diving safety rule. Always dive with a buddy no matter where you are. And when you do dive with a buddy, keep an eye on him/her to make sure everything is OK (and hopefully they are doing the same).

If something happens, that buddy can be the difference between life and death. Never violate this rule. Also do a pre-dive equipment check with your buddy.

Ascend slowly and with control

Another one of the key scuba diving safety rules.

As you ascend you are ridding your body of nitrogen in your tissues and bloodstream. If you ascend too quickly, you risk "the bends" or decompression sickness.

A dive recompression chamber

You should not ascend more than 30 feet per minute. And always do a safety stop at 15 feet for at least 3 minutes after deeper dives. After your safety stop, do not propel yourself to the surface either. Ascend that last 15 feet very slowly also.    

Check your equipment

You don't want to find out the regulator doesn't work once you are underwater. Checking equipment is especially important if you are renting.

If you own your regulator and haven't dove in a while, it should also be serviced to make sure it is working properly. Do a check of the regulator hoses also. After one dive, someone bumped my husband's rental regulator and the hose snapped off. It was totally corroded inside and beginning to show on the outside. Thank God it didn't happen underwater. While this is very unlikely to happen again, I always check as well as I can.

Relax

Being relaxed and comfortable underwater is key to a successful dive. If something happens:

  1. Stop
  2. Breathe
  3. Think
  4. Act

Do not panic and rush to the surface (I know it is easier said than done). But observing this scuba diving safety rule could be key to a safe dive.

And last, but not least, our final scuba diving safety rule

Plan your dive and dive your plan 

You will hear this in your training (or you should) and you should follow this advice. Prior to going under, you and your buddy should know the max depth you will go, the amount of bottom time you'll have and how much air you will start to ascend with. Check your air supply often. You should also agree on the hand signals you will use to communicate underwater. 


This is by now means an exhaustive list, but if you follow these scuba diving safety rules, you greatly increase your chance of a safe and incident free dive. And of course that's what we all want.

So when you go diving, take your time, relax, think and go through your safety checklist.

 

If you want even more in-depth tips on dive safety, check out our Special Report "Survive Your Dive". It is full of detailed information to make sure you have SAFE and enjoyable dive. Click here for all the details.

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