Diver Down by Michael Ange

Diver Down by Michael Ange

Author:Michael Ange
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Published: 2006-02-08T05:00:00+00:00

The cavern entrance at Ginnie Springs, Florida.

Strategies for Survival

Abide by accepted procedures. The procedures used in diving are developed through careful analysis of diving accidents and their causes. Respect them. If you feel qualified to dive outside the norm, do so only with proper precautions, after obtaining sufficient experience, and tread lightly to ensure your dive does not become a statistic.

Always obey the rules of gas management. The rule of thirds is an excellent conservative rule for any dive, and it is a minimum requirement for any dive in an overhead environment or with other significant risk factors.

Heed the experience of others. Contrary to popular belief, diving professionals do not sit around the bar on Saturday night inventing ways to restrict certain diving activities from the general diving population. In fact, most instructors teach because they love to share the thrill of their sport. When a qualified dive pro provides you with safety advice, you would do well to heed it.

Consider the ramifications of your actions. When a diver decides to take foolhardy risks, he should take the time to consider the consequences of those risks for his family.

Select your buddies with care. There is another reason some divers dive solo: few divers will dive with them, because the other divers recognize that the risks the thrill-seeking divers take with their own lives could also be quite fatal for their buddies.


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