Scuba diving is one of those recreational sports that must be taken seriously. If it is not then the chance of getting injured rises and you really don’t want to hurt yourself or others around you, no?
To prevent this from happening simply stick by the rules, if you ever happen to get in trouble underwater and your dive buddy is nowhere or to far away then it’s up to you to save yourself. First thing to keep in mind is that you should always stay calm, I can’t stress this enough but staying calm at any time underwater can save many lives. Humans tend to build up an amount of hormones in their body when they get in danger, their heart rate increases. This is normal because the body wants to survive and that’s why it produces adrenaline so the body can react faster. Now the problem is: Your underwater – can’t talk – no sound – it might be cold – and your vision is blocked by the murky water. What do you do?
One item that is necessary at any time would be a scuba knife. This is an handy tool when you get struck by long leaves underwater, cut the leaves away and your free to go. Dive knives are offered in a variety of materials, sizes and shapes, and when purchasing one it is important to remember that dive knives are tools, not weapons. Below are a few tips that will help you make an informed decision on what kind of dive knife will best suit your needs as a diver.
Never get a knife longer than 5 inches. The longer the better is not always true. Large dive knives can be awkward and can easily cut you or puncture you BC. You should buy a knife that will be useful to you as a diver and not an underwater warrior.
There are several shapes for knives including some which are angled. Get a knife which is straight forward and short. You do not need a long knife. Straight edges cut plastic better, this includes large fishing lines and ropes.
Members of DAN have put together a list which is called “S.A.F.E.D.I.V.E.” for preventing minor injuries to big:
* Diving skills
Just think it over and remember: staying calm will save your life one day.
Hendrik Kleinwaechter is the author of Scuba Diving Tips blog on How to Choose the Right Scuba Diving Mask . Here you can find all the information for scuba diving tips for beginners and other information regarding scuba diving.