Scuba Diving During Bad Weather: Is It Possible?Juanita Oliver
Scuba diving is always depicted as a peaceful and relaxing sport. However, do not forget that it is a sport involving nature and nature can be extremely unpredictable. While on the way to the sea, you are all excited driving and the weather looks perfect for a day to scuba dive but the moment you arrive, the clouds start coming in and by the time you are ready to dive, suddenly there is a storm and the sky is showered with lightning. That is how unpredictable the weather can be, especially here in Malaysia. If you are someone whose passion cannot be diminished simply because of weather, you are definitely those who will still go scuba diving despite the rough weather. This article would give you tips on how to go scuba diving during bad weather.
1 – Check the weather prediction
Before you embark on the journey to go scuba diving, check the weather prediction first. Most of the time, the predictions are accurate to a certain degree and the worst-case scenario should be avoided. You can even check with the locals if you are somewhere with no access to the internet. You can check with the sea condition for the day and if it is a good day to go scuba diving. Sometimes, even during a storm, they may still give you permission to dive because when you are at sea, the surface may look extremely rough but below, it is actually serene and calm. If they are emphasizing not allowing you to go scuba diving, heed the warning. Making sure of the sea condition is very important and you have to ensure you have information on both, the surface and the sea below. This is for your own safety and as much as you love a sport, make sure you can wake up the next day to enjoy more of it.
2 – Diving
When the weather is bad, try to dive under the surface as soon as reasonably possible. You would want to avoid the waves at the surface because that is what makes it dangerous but as soon as you are below the surface, the water would be much calmer so it would be easier for you to enjoy the sport. If you are diving it from the shore, though, this is much trickier than diving in the middle of the ocean because of the waves but there is a proper technique to make it easier. You can search for the technique on the internet.
3 – Abort when necessary
As for this point, it is more of advice than a tip. Do not be stubborn and risk yourself along the way. If you find the condition worse than expected and it is better to abort than continue, then by all means abort the dive. Another tip, if things get too bad, always brings a DSMB with you when you dive. You can use it to indicate your location while you dive and if things get worse, the people at the surface can come and collect you by searching for your surface marker buoy.
These tips are just the tip of the iceberg. There are many other guidelines on scuba diving during bad weather but these are the important ones. Make sure that the people who tag along are those with open water diver certification so that they have the proper knowledge and skills on how to assist you when needed. Don’t bring your children or friends along who only have basic scuba diving knowledge.
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