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Safety is always first 2 of 2
zaheer2alvi - 7/19/2007 12:00 AM
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*Know local weather conditions before you go on a dive. Make sure the water and weather conditions are safe. Water conducts electricity. Stop swimming, boating or any other activities on the water as soon as you see or hear a storm. Getting struck by lightning isn`t pleasant and heavy rains can make certain areas dangerous. *Protect your skin by wearing a waterproof sunscreen with a sun protection factor containing a high rating such as 15. *Drink plenty of water regularly and often even if you do not feel thirsty. Your body needs water. Know the signs and symptoms of dehydration. *Know the signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion and emergency treatment if you are diving in hot weather. *Know the signs and symptoms of hypothermia and emergency treatment if you are diving in cold weather. *Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes against the suns damaging rays. Choose sunglasses that absorb at least 90 percent of UV sunlight.


DalelynnSims - 7/20/2007 12:00 AM
Or better than getting information from the LDC ask them if they know a dive professional that would be willing to take them on an orientation dive. Orientation dives not only help you understand the area better but who knows the area and the best sites than one of the professionals that know the area best. As a dive instructor I have done this and it was well worth the small amount that the individual / shop ask for. It also resulted in a partnership between us for the remaining time I was there in the area and I dove with this individual on another 4 trips.

Diving is to be a relaxing, fun or at least entertaining sport and while there are risks these are mitigated by having a buddy that is familiar with the area. Just my .02cf worth.

Take care and Best Fishes!! >`•.¸¸.•´¯`•.¸>
Dorkfish - 7/20/2007 12:00 AM
Something that goes with this portion of the safety post is that if you are unfamiliar with the diving/conditions in a specific dive locale, get some info (Beta) from the local divers or dive shop. This will help you become aware of quality dive sites, diving hazards, and local dive regulations.