When you are about to participate in a dive, one of your top priorities has to be safety. After all, when you go underwater, your equipment is your life support system. If it is not in excellent condition and fitted properly then your life is at risk. You really cannot be too careful in this situation. Practice makes perfect and in time you will develop your own pre-dive routine, but to get you started take a look at this pre-dive safety check list.
Creating Your Checklist
The first thing you need to do is pair up with a diving buddy who you can trust. Both of you should perform each step, so that you are not only checking your own gear, but also your buddy’s and vice versa. This means you are doubly sure that everything is in order. So, what exactly should you be checking? The first step is to check your BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) to make sure that it is correctly adjusted and that all the parts are in good working order. The low pressure inflator connector needs to be nice and tight and your tank should be adjusted for both comfort and safety
When you are happy with your BCD, the next item to check is your weights. It should be set up for a easy right handed release. It is important to make sure that you are not carrying too much weight and that your release is easy to access in an emergency. Once you have checked your own weights, check your partner’s and make sure you are familiar with his release in case you have to dump his weights for him. Learn where the release is and how to operate it. Some instructors even suggest practising with your eyes closed!
Next up comes your air supply! You should make sure that your tank is full before each dive and that the size of tank that you are using is large enough for your planned dive. Check that the valves are fully open and that your regulators are working. Then take a look at your buddy’s tank and check it over. Also make sure that you know where to find his octo and how it works.
The last step on the checklist is to check all of your equipment one more time and then check your buddy’s gear once more as well! It seems like a lot of work, but you cannot skimp on safety and you are much better to be safe then sorry! The good news is that if you are on an organized tour with a group such as the Living Ocean Scuba team then they will help you with all of the pre-dive checks if not do them for you. Even if this is the case, it can’t hurt for you to look over everything yourself too even if just to put your own mind at rest!
Some Additional Safety Tips
In addition to your pre-dive check lists, there a few other safety tips that you should try to bear in mind when going off on your scuba diving adventure. The first and perhaps most important is to plan out your dive and stick to that plan! When you are coming up with your plan you should also make sure that the dive is well within your limits and that everyone on the dive is also comfortable with that level of dive. Never push yourself beyond your limits. You must also make sure that you are fit and ready to dive. Scuba diving can put a strain on your body, so if you are feeling unwell then you should not dive.
Scuba diving does not need to be considered dangerous as long as you follow the correct safety procedures and take good care of all of your equipment. It is well work taking the time and effort to make sure that everything is absolutely perfect.