Hey there, new scuba divers! Let’s talk to you about something that’s really important when it comes to scuba diving: planning your dive and then sticking to that plan once you are in the water.
Now, I know that diving can be really exciting, and it’s easy to get caught up in the moment when you’re underwater, checking out all the amazing marine life. But it’s really important to take the time to make a plan in advance, to make sure that you stay safe and have a great time.
What Does “Plan Your Dive, Dive Your Plan” Mean?
So, what do we mean by “plan your dive, dive your plan”? It means that before you even get into the water, you should have a clear idea of what you’re going to do while you’re underwater. This includes things like:
- Your intended depth
- How long you plan to stay underwater
- How much air you have in your tank
How Do You Plan Your Dive?
So, how do you go about planning your dive? Here’s a quick checklist to get you started:
- Determine your dive objectives.
What do you want to see or do while you’re underwater?
- Assess the dive site.
What are the conditions like? Are there any hazards you need to be aware of?
- Determine your maximum depth and bottom time.
Make sure you stay within the limits of your training and experience.
- Calculate your gas requirements.
How much air will you need for your planned dive?
- Plan your ascent and safety stops.
Make sure you ascend slowly and make any necessary decompression stops.
Dive Confidently…By Planning Your Dive
Remember, when it comes to scuba diving, safety is always the top priority. It doesn’t matter if you are diving your local lake or quary, your favorite dive boat, or a shore site like the beautiful Blue Heron Bridge, by taking the time to plan your dive and dive your plan, you can ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable experience every time you hit the water.
A dive plan let’s you dive confidently.
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