No matter what level we’re at as divers, there are some things that we should always remember.
You might know some of them from your first scuba class, or heard your dive guide say it doing a briefing. Anyway, I don’t think there’s anything wrong with repeating these 10 things that every divers need to know.
As my personal number one: Never touch anything underwater, unless it’s something that was brought from above.
Luckily it’s something most divers know, but from time to time I see divers touching everything on their way, and it’s literally heartbreaking too see. If you feel the urge to touch stuff while diving, well go ahead and pick up some of all the trash that’s floating around in our oceans. Most divers have an empty BCD pocket anyway, so why not put it at use. I never exit a dive without at least one piece of trash in my pocket.
What else should we know? Well, know your basic scuba skills is a great start! Buoyancy, possession in the water, handling your fins kicks, and don’t follow peer pressure – that’s a good start. To get my message out to all the divers in the world, I made a nice graphic over at www.DIVE.in, this is my idea of the 10 things every diver should know.
Which 10 points would be on your list? I’d love to hear other ideas on what’s important to know as a diver.
About the Author
Torben Lonne is a top skilled PADI MSDT instructor. He has worked several years with scuba diving in Indonesia and Thailand – and dived most of his life in most of the world. He is also the co-founder and chief-editor of DIVE.in.