7 habits of highly effective divers to enjoy a safe diving trip
Scuba diving is a fun activity and the number of
certified divers around the world is increasing tremendously. Many international
diving schools for recreational and tech diving like PADI, CMAS, TDI, SSI…etc
are graduating thousands of divers from all around the world every day. The
diversity in practices, as well as the augmenting number of divers, can create
some unpleasant situations that might lead to various degrees of issues which
might rise to serious problems, endangering both the life of the diver as well
as the marine life in the diving site, especially in the Red Sea.
Accordingly, it is important for all divers in the
world to develop these small habits to ensure a pleasant and safe diving
practice for them and their buddies/loved ones, whether in Hurghada Egypt or
any other country worldwide.
Habit #1: Be a good listener:
When we are on board a boat or doing shore
diving, it is very important to pay good attention and listen well to the
briefing of the instructor or the divemaster responsible for your trip. Learn the
diving plan. Understand the geography of the diving site and learn how you will
enter the water and exit from it. Listen attentively to the fine details
related to the current direction and the navigation underwater in order to know
your way back to the surface. Learn the backup plans related to facing any
unpleasant events that might occur while diving such as loss of air, unexpected
physical harm for any diver from your group, or loss of direction.
Habit # 2: Never dive alone
In diving, it is always best to dive with a friend
or someone you already know (spouse or sibling). Still, sometimes – and that is
the nice part about scuba diving – you go on a trip as a solo diver. In this
case, your instructor or divemaster will assign you a buddy. Get to know your
buddy’s name. Be familiar with him/her and always stick together in a group.
Underwater, it is important to stay together to be sure you have a reliable
support system in case of any unexpected event.
Habit #3: Follow the instructions
Remember the first habit? It is KEY for safe
diving. Once you will be able to listen well to the briefing before the dive,
and ALWAYS follow the instructions of your guide, you will enjoy your dive
safely. Even the most advanced divers learn this habit and follow it by heart.
Sticking to the rules underwater is key to a successful diving experience.
Habit #4: Be patient
Sometimes, even experienced divers can face a bad
diving day such as a leaking mask, or inability to equalize, or inability to
descend, or inability to maintain good buoyancy or even having a cramp
underwater. Therefore, it is our duty as buddies underwater to be patient and
attend to our group as much as possible. Maintain good buoyancy by taking slow
breathes and regulating the inflation of your BCD. If your group is a bit slow,
slow down your pace. If they are fast, speed up your moves a little bit. If
your buddy likes to use their camera underwater, make sure you wait around them
until they finish. You are responsible for your life as well as other divers’
life underwater, so practice being patient and less hasty.
Habit # 5: Relax and have fun
In many cases, the program for diving is fixed.
Visiting diving sites is prescheduled according to the diving center’s rules
and regulations. Still, this plan can change on the spot due to external
factors such as a change in weather conditions or force majeure like a problem in
the boat’s engine or an unexpected issue with a diving tank. In most of the
reputable diving centers, there is always a backup plan for all emergencies,
still, for you a diver, you need to be relaxed and never panic. On the contrary.
Be flexible and deal with the inevitable. Be helpful and enjoy the ride.
Sometimes, It can create interesting memories in the future.
Diving in itself is a joyful experience. So please enjoy it! Be less
demanding. Open up to know new people. Laugh and have fun. It is part of the
experience. Use every moment to live a nice experience. There is no need to
keep a serious face all the time. Life is too short to spend it complaining 😊
Habit #6: Care for your equipment
Before entering the water, make sure that your BCD
is in good shape. Check the inflator hose and make sure it is actually
inflating the BCD. Use the regulator and take a small inhale to test the air.
If you find any funny taste, ask for help immediately. Make sure to do a buddy
check before jumping to the water to prevent any unpleasant incidents like
forgetting the weights or forgetting to open the tank. Once you are out of the water, make sure you handle
your equipment with care and wash it with unsalted water and make sure to
change your tank for the next dive. The more you care for your diving
equipment, the better your diving will be.
Habit #7: Care for the Marine Life
Being a diver is such a fantastic experience. You
get to see a world that not so many people are able to see. Yet, this world is
not yours to ruin! Be responsible. Care for the corals. Swim at a reasonable
distance so you wouldn’t touch the reef. Be careful while finning. Make sure
you wouldn’t use the corals for body support and definitely, do not try to
touch any fish. Take nothing from the sea and keep your hands within the area
of your buddy. Think: Would you like a visitor to break your sofa or smash your
loved mug? Definitely not! Under the sea, you are the visitor! So, make sure
you are not ruining the place you are visiting.