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A Guide To The Danger Of Scuba Diving

Jun 17, 2008
Scuba diving is quite a safe sport to partake in providing the standard set of rules and regulations are adhered to. It is only in circumstances where these rules are violated do we see the dangers arise.

Let's start off by looking at the main errors that folks tend to make that change a safe situation into a potentially dangerous one. By doing this I hope that we can then put scuba diving into some sort of perspective and change any misguided perception that this is a dangerous sport.

Failure To Obtain Standard Certification.

Genrally speaking it is not possible to rent out or buy scuba diving gear without giving evidence of some sort of diver certification status. Whether it be a beginner, intermediate or advanced status. What does tend to happen though is that someone will rent or buy equipment and give it to an uncertified "diver".

Since the explosion if internet auction sites this has become even more widespread. This is a sad, irresponsible and potentially dangerous scenario because scuba diving requires specific skills and knowledge and if the activity does not have a framework that regulates inappropriate activity we will see serious accidents and even a catastrophe.

Scuba Diving And Limited Skill Sets.

There are some dives of a specialist nature that require experience in these areas. Ice diving, wreck penetration, shark diving and canern diving fit into this category.

Those who attempt these types of dives without proper training have suffered the ultimate penalty for their inexperience. This is a shame as $300 and a weekend of training would have saved their lives.

Diving Under The Influence Of Alcohol.

While most people who partake in the sport of scuba diving do so in a safe and responsible manner, there are those who take irresponsibility to new heights. In particular, there will be those who will go scuba diving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It goes without saying that this is as dangerous as it gets and has, in the past, led to some deaths. It is paramount that no diver enters the open water whilst under the influence of either drug.

Diving Whilst Inappropriately Conditioned To Do So.

If you are mobidly obese and you smoke then you fall into a high risk category as far as undertaking scuba diving is concerned. You have an increased chance of suffering a cardiac arrest whilst diving.

Virtually all these areas of increased danger could have been modified, but the neglect on the part of the diver was the impetus for the dangers that resulted. The moral of the story is thus obvious.
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