Review these scuba safety tips before your next vacation

On Behalf of | Mar 16, 2020 | Personal Injury |

One of the most exciting aspects of travel is the chance to try new activities. For example, scuba diving is a favorite among visitors to Hawaii thanks to our wealth of exotic aquatic plant and animal species. 

If you have plans to learn to scuba while on holiday, keep these tips in mind to ensure your safety during the experience: 

Keep breathing 

The air tank you wear underwater provides the oxygen your body needs. Although breathing while submerged can feel unnatural, holding your breath can result in serious injury or even death due to pulmonary embolism caused by overexpansion of the lungs. 

Listen to instructions 

When you are new to scuba diving, you should only dive with the supervision of a seasoned instructor. He or she will give a safety briefing before you go under. Even if you think you know what to expect, pay careful attention to the information. Ask questions if you do not understand, and do not dive if you feel unsafe or unprepared. 

Know how to use your dive computer 

Many resorts and tour companies in Hawaii require guests to wear dive computers while scuba diving. These devices help you stay safe while underwater by measuring your level of nitrogen absorption. Whether you borrow, rent or buy a dive computer, read the manual thoroughly before diving. 

Double-check your equipment 

Even seasoned divers should make sure everything is in order before going underwater. If you are not sure how to check your equipment and prepare for the dive, ask your instructor to help. 

Check credentials 

When you scuba dive, choose a location with instructors who hold certification from the Professional Association of Diving Instructors. Other reputable certification organizations include Scuba Schools International and the National Association of Underwater Instructors. 

Sometimes, negligence on the part of a tour company or resort causes accidents during activities such as scuba diving. If this occurs during your vacation, you may be eligible for personal injury damages to cover medical bills and lost wages.