By Morne Christou

Whether you are a new diver with new dive gear, or an experienced diver wanting to upgrade your old gear, before you jump into the water, DAN has a few safety tips to help make your dives memorable, fun and most of all, even safer.

  1. YOUR HEALTH

    Being fit and healthy is a key factor, not just on the day of the dive, but as a lifestyle. Maintaining diver fitness and visiting your local dive doctor for regular check-ups will ensure that you stay on top of your game in general, and especially when scuba diving

  2. DIVE WITHIN YOUR LIMITS

    You are in control of your dive; we all know the importance of planning your dive and diving your plan. Therefore, it is important not to dive outside of your comfort zone and training. Do not allow other divers to push you beyond your own experience. Rather wait and get the specific training for the new diving environment you wish to enter

  3. CONTINUED EDUCATION

    Nothing is more important than expanding your own competence as a diver through better diving skills and knowledge. Your local DAN business member will be more than willing to assist you with additional dive training. Many of the instructors at these facilities are also equipped to offer DAN training courses to help hone your dive safety skills.

  4. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT

    Nothing is more important than expanding your own competence as a diver through better diving skills and knowledge. Your local DAN business member will be more than willing to assist you with additional dive training. Many of the instructors at these facilities are also equipped to offer DAN training courses to help hone your dive safety skills.

  5. MAINTAIN YOUR DIVE GEAR

    Sooner or later, some divers fall into the habit of thinking about their gear the way they do about their clothing. It is simply there to be used, and if a button pops, you simply have it fixed. Unfortunately, diving equipment is actually life-support equipment in a certain sense. Gear failure is not a trivial matter: regulator free-flow, power-inflators sticking, SPG hoses rupturing, and O-rings bursting are but a few of the maintenance issues that cause diving accidents. The best way to take care of your gear is to clean it after diving, always make sure that it fits properly and has no wear and tear or damage, and service it on a regular basis. Taking care of your gear will lessen the chances of malfunction while you are submerged.

  6. PLAN YOUR DIVE & DIVE YOUR PLAN

    Before travelling to a new dive site, know what to expect and plan for the dive conditions. A little research goes a long way. Get advice from experienced divers; it all adds to the experience and makes the diving safer and more enjoyable. Make sure that you have the skills and gear to enjoy the dive safely. Also, never forget your buddy. Plan your dive and dive your plan together, and stay within your dive limits. It is safer that way and also great fun!

  7. REMEMBER YOUR ABCS

    Air supply should be continuously checked while diving. The gulp on an empty tank is no way to end a dive!

    Buddy up on every dive and never dive alone.

    Clear your ears and sinuses to avoid barotrauma.

    Slow ascents are a must. There is no rush to ascend the last 5 m of your dive. Take your time, do your stops and just relax before ending your dive. You will find that it is safer, more enjoyable and more memorable if you do.

  8. VISITORS FROM ANOTHER WORLD

    The thrill of scuba diving is amongst the greatest experiences you will ever have. The excitement of discovering the underwater environment is truly amazing. To ensure that future generations also have the opportunity to share these experiences, we need to respect the underwater plant and animal life. Therefore, it is essential for all divers to perfect their buoyancy to avoid damaging the reefs and underwater environments.

  9. AWARENESS

    Stay in the moment. Divers can easily become distracted and think about things other than the experience of their dive. Alternatively, some divers become so absorbed by the objects they are studying, or the photographs they are taking that they forget everything else. Remain alert and mindful when diving. It is still a foreign environment for humans. In fact, the best divers are those who are aware of their surroundings, feel comfortable and know where they are in the dive at all times. Make sure you know where the dive leader, dive group and dive boat are at all times.

  10. DIVING IS FUN

    We dive because it is fun. If at any time you are uncomfortable or unsure whether or not to join a dive group, rather call (i.e., cancel your participation in) the dive. You can always join another dive group or dive another reef on another day. When in doubt, say no. Using your best judgement and instinct will keep the sport both safe and fun.

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