Are you a safe snorkeller ready to move on to scuba diving? You can’t make this transition without preparing well. Discover all the Tribord recommendations for safe diving.
First precaution: get trained and make sure you’re well supervised. Second: take care of your equipment to avoid accidents. An experienced diver’s checklist!
ANTICIPATING THE RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH SCUBA DIVING, WITH TRIBORD
Scuba diving involves risks inherent to the marine environment and the weather as well your own underwater activity. Here are a few tips to ensure you have a great time scuba diving safely.
DIVING WHEN HEALTHY
A very basic rule that needs to be underlined! Both for your safety and your well-being, don’t go diving if you’re in pain, have a cold, are ill, tired or if you are taking medicine.
Likewise, make sure you see your G.P. and your dentist once a year to monitor any problems with your teeth.
AVOIDING DECOMPRESSION ACCIDENTS
When you go diving, nitrogen gets into your body and sometimes struggles to leave it when you ascend or reach the surface. The best thing is to ascend at a controlled speed following your instructor and focus on expiration. Eat and drink both before and after diving and protect yourself from the cold.
Feeling very tired, backache, being unable to pass water or any other sensitive/bodily problem could be a sign of decompression.
You get out of breath when your respiratory rate increases until you are gasping for air. Priority: calm down and focus on exhalation. Do this whatever the cause of your breathlessness! This may be caused by an overly-intensive physical effort, significant stress due to poor visibility, a regulator that’s too hard, a suit that’s too tight or even hypothermia.
In order to prevent this, opt for an ample ventilation volume (0.8 to 1 l), control your movements and breathe out!
WHAT TO DO IF YOU RUN OUT OF AIR
This is feared by divers, even though it’s rarely experienced! You can save yourself from this fright by checking the pressure of your bottle in the centre, on the boat, and then regularly under water.
Put your octopus away and tell your guide when you’re at half-pressure so he can start the process, if necessary, of returning to the boat. Lastly, always stay close to your partner: he could give you air in case you make a mistake or your equipment is faulty.
Barotrauma is due to variations in the amount of air in your body, under the effect of pressure.
You can get round their effects:
— when descending: by blowing into your mask – which is never too tight to avoid mask squeeze -, before frequently equalising your ears without waiting for them to hurt. Limit the speed of descent as well and don’t push things too much!
Problem still not solved? Go up a little to get some relief and re-equalise. Blow your nose if need be to clear your sinuses.
— when ascending: logically this will take care of itself! Air is removed naturally from your ears or sinuses, just like the mask. You will avoid excess lung pressure naturally by never free diving and by ascending at controlled speed, and exhaling well.
MASTERING THE RISKS INHERENT TO DIVING EQUIPMENT
You've taken time choosing the right Tribord buoyancy compensator and it will pay dividends under water! But ensure it is in good working condition otherwise it may prove impossible for you to remain buoyant, above all if your compensator fills up with water. If the direct-system (DS) is defective (doesn’t inflate, takes time to inflate or constantly inflates) you won’t be able to remain buoyant or ascend at a controlled speed!
Your regulator is an ally underwater too… unless it's in not in good condition! Too soft, too hard or having suffered a leak, it can cause breathlessness, running out of air, or panicking. It should provide you with air when you need it and without you having to force, otherwise your consumption will increase rapidly and breathlessness won’t be far away. Keep a watchful eye on your air being used up too quickly! You may run out of it!
LOOKING AFTER YOUR EQUIPMENT CAREFULLY TO AVOID DIVING ACCIDENTS
Your diving equipment enables you to survive underwater, so read the instructions carefully and follow them to the letter!
Before diving, make sure your buoyancy compensator is in good working order by means of a visual inspection. Check its watertightness at the same time as you test the DS inflator: inflate it fully until the purges are automatically triggered. Wait a few seconds and ensure it doesn’t leak. Also test the efficiency of the fast purges and the DS.
While diving, don’t touch the seabed or rocks: you’ll protect both your buoyancy compensator and the environment.
After diving, rinse it and then leave it to dry in the shade.
It's a good idea to protect your regulator when moving it by sliding it into the dedicated diving bag. Put the two stages and your manometer in the pocket of your buoyancy compensator on the boat.
When you get back, put the mouthpiece in water with disinfectant for 10 minutes and leave to soak. Then, dry it in the shade! Take your regulator to the After-Sales Service if it’s abnormally hard or leaking.
Lastly, just like for divers, we recommend you have your equipment serviced once a year!
Is your check-up finished? Time to go and enjoy a thrilling session and a 100 % underwater pleasure experience…