5__Extra__Things_to_Remember_On_Every_Dive by arisrezaiskandar90

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5 “Extra” Things to Remember On Every Dive

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Summary:
A list of items you should include when going diving that may not be
obvious or seem necessary but would help to make your dive more
comfortable and safe.


Keywords:
scuba tips, scuba diving, scuba vacations


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Don’t leave the dock without it

When   you pack your gear bag, your checklist probably includes the usual
gear   and emergency equipment, mask, fins, regulator and one of those kits
with   a few extra o-rings, neoprene patches and regulator mouthpieces.
Here   are a few extra things that you can throw into your gear bag that
will   make your dive more comfortable, confident, and safe.

Citrus beverages

When I surface, the first thing I want to do is get the taste of ocean
out of my mouth. As much as I appreciate the smell of the sea and the
salty air, I’m not so enthusiastic about having it on my tongue. Water is
refreshing, but I find that I can drink a few liters of bottled water and
still taste the remnants of the sea in my mouth.

After   experimenting with dozens of beverage candidates, I find that Five
Alive   is hands-down the best cure for oceanmouth. Other citrus juices are
good,   but none are quite as effective as Five Alive. The better ones were
those   that contain acidic juices like pineapple and grapefruit.

The juice serves another purpose: rehydration. It seems counterintuitive
that spending an hour submerged in water can cause dehydration, but it’s
true. The air in your tanks is very dry – necessarily so, since moisture
in a tank will rust it from the inside. Just breathing in that dry air
for an hour will silently dehydrate you. Drink something when you get
back to the boat and you can avoid the symptoms of dehydration such as
headache, nausea and dizziness.

Long-sleeved rashgard or cotton shirt

Did you know that the chemicals in sunscreen are poisonous to reef-
dwelling marine life? You need to protect your skin from the harmful
effects of UV radiation, but you don’t want to slather on the SPF lotion
before your dive. Cover up the old fashioned way with a cotton shirt or a
long-sleeved rashguard.
Laminated Dive Table Chart

Are you dependent on your computer? Go back and review your certification
training and learn how to calculate your residual nitrogen using tables.
Computers are great tools, but it behooves every diver to remember how to
manage their nitrogen levels without gadgetry.

A “dry bag”

A dry bag needn’t be anything fancy – inexpensive bags with resealable
flaps are available at most camping or marine supply stores. They don’t
need to be watertight to 100 ft – since you leave them on the boat in
your gear bag. My favorite is a bright yellow, rubber bag with a top that
folds over three times and tucks into itself for an easy watertight seal.
Many divers on a budget will use a variety of disposable resealable
freezer bags.

In my dry bag, I keep:

•     Tissues – a necessity. After purging my mask a few times, my
sinuses get rebellious.
•     Cotton Swabs – some gentle attention to get the water out of my
ears.
•     A photocopy of my identification & passport – just in case
•     Band-aids – because I stub my toes on boats
•     Everything that was in my pockets – Before donning my wetsuit, my
dry bag (by virtue of its sealability) is a good place to keep a cell
phone, camera, wallet, jewelry, car keys, etc.
Tell someone where you are going and who you’re with.
Make this a habit, so you don’t need to be concerned when an emergency
arises.

First, make sure the dive operator knows who you are, where you are
staying, and who to contact in case of an emergency. If you are injured
during a dive, the dive operators might whisk you directly to the nearest
hospital, medical clinic or decompression chamber. If the medical staff
can’t determine your identity, it can complicate your medical attention.

Second, tell someone who isn’t diving with you where you are going. That
could be others in your party, the hotel concierge, or a phone call to a
relative back home. Tell them the name of the dive shop, your
destination, the departure time and estimated return time for your dive
excursion. If you know it, include the names of the boat, its captain,
and divemaster. If you are traveling alone or diving in a group, write
the information down and leave it with the hotel office. If your hotel is
near a popular diving spot, they will be used to that sort of thing.

								
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