DAN 2017 Top 10 Dive Safety Tips
BUST THE DUST: It may be hard to imagine while we are still in the grip of winter, but the next dive season is just around the corner. So, as we prepare warmer days - when our wetsuits will also start looking far more attractive. Here are some equipment maintenance and safety tips that you may want to think of right now, as you get ready for the next plunge.
Also pay special attention to the following 10 things
1. Dive Regulators: These should regularly be serviced. Most manufacturers suggest this should be done annually. So, avoid running out of air by maintaining your equipment and planning your dives.
2. Regulator hoses: Check your regulator hoses for signs of perishing, especially the power inflator hose which is most vulnerable to failures (according to statistics).
Beware of cheap, replacement nylon braided hoses: If you have ever replaced your regulator hoses with nylon braided ones that werenot supplied by the regulator manufacturer, be sure to read the safety article by François Burman.
3. O-rings: Make sure that the O-rings in your dive cylinder are in good condition, and replace if necessary. Always carry spares.
4. Safety-is-in-the-air: Make sure that what you have in your cylinder, is what you want to breathe! Have a look at this carbon monoxide monitor.
5. Fins: Fins are for finning. So, exercise now, using your fins, to avoid cramps when you get back into diving. How? Well, why not use them in the heated pool of the gym? Also, remember they do not last forever, so let them go before they let you down!
6. Dive computers: Don't forget the dive computers run on batteries, and batteries run down. So replace them in time, and know what to do in case your dive computer fails.
7. Wetsuits are much less likely to shrink then you are to expand! Make sure your wetsuit still fits, and consider the various features that are available if it is time to replace it.
8. You – the diver: Diving is not only about the equipment, or the ocean, but it includes the diver – you - the most important ingredient! So, make sure you are fit to dive.
9. Oxygen First Aid: If you have never thought of it before, why not get trained in the use of oxygen. Alternatively, how about getting an oxygen unit, so that you can contribute towards our diving safety network by helping to ensure that there is first aid equipment at every dive site and on every dive boat.
10. Consider joining DAN: Last but not least, why not consider joining the largest organisation of recreational divers in the world; an organisation committed to diving safety and peace of mind.