Some further guidelines to make your dives safe and enjoyable:
- Stop, Breathe, Think, Act. If you’re experiencing a problem underwater remember this: if you’re still breathing, you have some time to deal with the problem. Bolting for the surface is dangerous.
- Pause and refresh yourself. If you haven’t been diving for awhile (six months or longer), sign up for a scuba review.
- Take a course. The best way to extend your diving range is to take a diving course for the environment or experience you want. While experience is a good teacher, a teacher with good experience can maximize your understanding of the skills involved in the specialized diving activities you pursue. Plus, you’ll be able to document your experience with a certification card so you can pursue your interests further.
- Ascent rates shall not exceed 18 metres per minute.
- A safety stop at 5 metres for three to five minutes is recommended on every dive.
- Repetitive and multilevel diving procedures should start the dive, or the series of dives, at the maximum planned depth, followed by subsequent dives of shallower exposures.
- Keep to the limits — Stay well within the guidelines of the table or computer you’re using, and allow an appropriate surface interval between dives.
- Be prepared to modify your dive plan for unanticipated factors such as exertion, cold or depth
- Be well — Make sure you’re rested, healthy, well hydrated and well-nourished prior to your diving activities.
- Equipment Familiarization. After checking out your own equipment, take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the placement and operation of your buddy’s equipment. This a good learning experience, and it could help manage a later problem.
- The Buddy Check. While suiting- and gearing up, conduct a pre-dive safety check on yourself and your buddy, and correct any problems you find. Minor inconveniences can add up to significant problems if not resolved early. Hair stuck under your mask skirt can be stressful if it means having to clear your mask every couple of minutes.
Leave nothing but bubbles, take nothing but pictures!
Do not harass marine organisms. If they take refuge in a hiding-place, do not force them out - they are already stressed enough. Wait without moving until they come out again.
Do not touch any marine organism, even turtles and shells.