So would you scuba dive while it is lightning or during a thunderstorm? So far, 47% of those surveyed said they would cancel the dive (and go have some brewskis instead :) Survey Results
NASA says lightning rarely hits oceans because the surface water does not heat up enough to cause the positive charge needed for lightning to occur...but lightning is potentially a big weather danger for divers.
Here’s what NOAA says about lightning and water:
- Get out of the water, it’s a great conductor of electricity.
- Stay off the beach and out of small boats or canoes.
- If caught in a boat, crouch down in the center away from metal hardware.
- Swimming, wading, snorkeling and scuba diving are NOT safe.
- Lightning can strike the water and travel some distance beneath and away from its point of contact.
- Don’t stand in puddles of water.
Some divers that posted comments in the survey above have been underwater where lightning has struck, so if you have questions...talk to those members.
I say play it safe and "live to dive another day" :) But I am guilty of scuba diving many times during a thunderstorm so I guess I should follow my own advice.