You will learn about safety in your scuba diving certification class. If
you plan to get certified while traveling, find an experienced, certified
teacher that you feel comfortable with. Several groups, including the
Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) and the National
Association of Underwater Instructors (NAUI), certify instructors and dive
shops all over the world.
If you are a new diver, it is best to go with an
experienced guide, also called a dive master. Most accidents and problems occur
when divers ignore the rules and push their limits. Here are some general diving rules:
Only dive if you feel comfortable.
Use equipment that you are familiar with and that is in good
Know what to do if something goes wrong.
Always dive with a buddy.
Go down and come up slowly. Don't hold your
Know and follow recommended depths and time limits.
Allow enough time between your last dive and your flight
The motion of cars, planes, trains, boats, or ships can make some people sick. If you know that you get motion sickness, pack medicines to prevent it.
To learn more, see the topic
Air pollution can pose a serious threat to those with
asthma or other respiratory conditions. When air quality is poor, avoid the area or stay indoors as much as possible.
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Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 14, 2013
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