LESSONS FOR LIFE

Scuba Diving - - Lesson for Life -

you Q Seek make train­ing a gear- with con­fig­u­ra­tion equip­ment: Any change, time es­pe­cially when it is sig­nif­i­cantly dif­fer­ent from your per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence, seek train­ing. Don’t just as­sume you can fig­ure it out.

Per­form a buoy­ancy check: When you change your gear con­fig­u­ra­tion, don dif­fer­ent ex­po­sure pro­tec­tion or change diving en­vi­ron­ments, take a cou­ple of min­utes to per­form a buoy­ancy check to make sure your weight is cor­rect.

Mon­i­tor your air sup­ply: It’s easy to be­come dis­tracted on a dive, by equip­ment, pho­tog­ra­phy or sim­ply the beauty of the scene. But don’t for­get your fun­da­men­tals. This also goes for never hold­ing your breath.

Ex­pe­ri­ence in the en­vi­ron­ment, not just ex­pe­ri­ence: Too of­ten divers be­come over­con­fi­dent with their per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence but fail to re­al­ize a cou­ple hun­dred dives in a lake doesn’t qual­ify them for a shore en­try through ocean surf. Or dives in warm clear wa­ter don’t carry over to dark cold wa­ter on a ship­wreck. Seek lo­cal ad­vice or guid­ance in an un­fa­mil­iar en­vi­ron­ment.

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