6 Signs You Should Not Scuba Dive
Posted by Caroline Jones - Guest Blogger on 17th, November 2012
Scuba diving can be a great way to experience sights that most people will only see in pictures. You can
swim among sea creatures and learn how animals act in their own natural habitat, and you can see the
brilliant colors and life that lives below the surface.
But just because you’re interested or certified in scuba diving does not mean that it’s meant for
everyone at every time. There are certain times that scuba diving should not be done, and the following
are a few of those scenarios.
1. You’re not certified.
In order to scuba dive, you need to have received the proper training and the proper certification that
proves you know how to handle your equipment and that you know what you’re doing. If you have
never received an ounce of training or if you’re not yet certified to dive, then don’t do it. While fun,
scuba diving can be a very dangerous activity, and the training is required to ensure that you’re safe.
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2. You’re alone.
It doesn’t matter how seasoned of a scuba diver you are, you should never scuba dive alone. There are
too many things that can go wrong, and if you’re alone, nobody will be around to help you in case an
unfortunate situation arises, and nobody may even know if you’ve gone missing. If you want to scuba
dive, make sure that you’re always accompanied by at least one other person.
3. You’re intoxicated.
Scuba diving is not something you should attempt after you’ve consumed a handful of cocktails.
Alcohol greatly impairs your vision and judgment, and it may cause you to attempt to dive further than
you physically can, which can results in severe injury or even death.
4. The weather is bad.
The weather plays an important role in the safety of your dive, and you need to make sure that you’re
not attempting to dive in inclement weather conditions. Big storms or windy conditions can make the
water more dangerous, and trying to dive during inclement weather can be extremely dangerous.
5. You suffer from certain illnesses or disorders.
A medical exam is required for you to become certified in scuba diving, and if you suffer from illnesses
like asthma, claustrophobia, epilepsy, back injury, lung disease, heart disease or a number of other
illnesses, you may not be deemed fit and healthy enough to scuba dive. Diving can be rough and it
requires you to be in very good health. Trying to scuba dive when you suffer from pre-existing
conditions or illnesses can make it very dangerous for you and can result in injury or death.
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6. You don’t have a plan.
Before you dive, you need to make sure that you have a plan in place. And then when you start to dive,
you need to make sure that you stick to that plan. Planning out a dive will ensure that you don’t try to
travel further than you can handle and that you know what to do or where to go in case of an
emergency. Planning is meant to be a major safety precaution, and if you don’t have one before you
dive, you can find yourself in a very dangerous situation.
Caroline Jones is a travel agent and avid blogger. She recently wrote details about the various Bahamas
excursions that she enjoyed while traveling.