Some of the dangers associated with recreational scuba diving

The phrase "recreational scuba diving" speaks for itself - it's diving with the purpose of pleasure and recreation. Additionally, diving with scuba can be classified as recreational only if any of your dives is not to exceed the maximum depth of 130 feet and if it won't require any decompression stops.

Is recreational scuba diving dangerous?

Positively, it is. Like any water sport, scuba diving can pose threat to scuba diver's health and even danger for his/her life. Water is an adverse element for humans, and this is never to be forgotten. Proper training in the pool and in the open water, as well as knowledge on theory of human physiology while underwater is needed to be taught during classroom instruction to ensure safety for staying underwater.
Safety rules
Here are some general rules to follow to ensure each next dive is safe and your scuba diving experience is as enjoyable as it should be:
  1. Equalize your ears and mask in a gentle manner while you descend.
  2. Never hold your breath while ascending. Ascend at a slow speed while breathing normally.
  3. Always dive with a companion (dive buddy).
  4. Never dive under the influence of alcohol.
  5. If you're taking medication, consult a doctor before diving.
  6. Consult your doctor if you have any medical conditions or health related problems like diabetes or asthma.
  7. Air travel should be delayed after scuba diving. Don't fly for 12 hours after a no-decompression dive, 24 hours if your dive required decompression stops.
  8. If you don't feel well or are in any kind of pain after your dive, don't delay with seeking medical assistance.
These rules with certain variations, based upon recommendations of the American Academy of Family Physicians is what you'll be taught in every dive club or scuba diving training facility, possibly with some amendments and additions to fit the specifics of the diving sites you are being prepared to explore locally.

Dangers of scuba diving

The most dangerous conditions associated with recreational scuba diving are barotrauma to the lungs and decompression sickness alternately referred to as "the bends." Other most common dangerous conditions are inner ear barotrauma and arterial gas embolism (AGE). If you neglect the regulations and fail to exercise due diligence, you may end up with being seriously hurt while scuba diving. To reduce and in ideal eliminate dive-related injuries characteristic for beginning divers, they key rule to stick to must be diving within the limits of their experience and level of training.

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