Is diving safe? In my opinion, when it comes to safety in diving, you can talk a lot and a lot. After these many years “underwater,” I can confidently answer the question, “Is it safe to dive?” And my answer will be: yes, but only if we follow the rules and dive within our limits.
Compliance with the rules is key not only in diving, but also in other sports of the so-called extreme sports. In addition to complying with the rules, in my opinion, you should also be aware of the consequences of our carelessness or recklessness.
Of course, there may be people who say that abiding by the rules only minimizes risk. That’s right, but you are minimizing the risk and avoiding the appearance of critical and stressful situations that have a significant impact on diving safety.
In my career, I met many divers (of both sexes) who had a high sense of security. Unfortunately, there is another side to this coin. We forget about the security rules, we lower our vigilance. Man probably already has in his nature that if he considers something relatively safe, he neglects compliance with safety rules.
We start making concessions, exceptions, where we then start to think: “What’s going to happen? I have more than 400 dives, I can handle it.” It is then that the risk and probability of a crisis situation increases rapidly.
Proper training, participation in diving courses and workshops seems to be the diver’s natural way to minimize risk. Of course, just taking a diving course will not make you Alpha and Omega, you will not become a champion, an expert overnight.
What you get is a solid foundation, the foundation for development while caring for safety. Experience is something that is acquired all the time. You certainly won’t gain experience after 20 or 30 dives. Depending on the water you are diving in, it may come sooner or later. However, what I can say with a high degree of probability is the fact that one day you will also have this “feeling”.
Feeling that you are such a good diver, so experienced that you can handle any situation and any condition. And then there is the temptation, very strong, to do something else, something beyond your limits, beyond training.
As a good example, I will talk about night diving. Personally, it is one of my favorite dives. The underwater world is completely different from the one we know from day diving. We also have a little more adrenaline and more emotions.
Students often ask me if they can dive with me at night. Yes, but I usually ask them: do you have a night diving course? Generally, the answer is “No”. If you don’t have a night dive course, I’m really sorry, but I won’t dive with you after sunset. The reasons for my decision are the following:
As an instructor, I can’t take you on a night dive just because you feel like it. Even if you are my best friend, I can’t do it. Seriously! I will not do it anymore. I only know the risk of night diving. If a diving accident occurs, you can probably imagine how serious the consequences would have to be.
Even as an ordinary diver with night dive training, I would be afraid to go underwater with you. In our duet I would say the phrase “the weakest link”. I don’t know how you would behave in a crisis. Could you think rationally? Would you be able to help me if the need arose?
I will deliberately not answer these questions and leave you the answer so that you can answer the question of whether diving is safe.
Of course, no one will prohibit you from taking a night dive if you do not have permission to do so. You can even carry a second diver or go alone.
Actually, as you prefer, just keep in mind that if something happens during such a dive, then there is no diving insurance, even the insurance will not cover the cost of their treatment, because you dived inconsistently with your training.
That is why I recommend and encourage you to meet diving standards. If you start following them from the beginning, you will develop a proper diving approach.
It is obvious that the diving center we use must do everything possible to make our dives pleasant and, above all, safe. It is their responsibility and they must do everything possible to minimize diving accidents. Everyone who goes on vacation and plunges into a specific dive center expect security.
We are not thinking about what rescue procedures they have implemented, we just take it as a constant value that it simply is. After all, it is the owners of the dive center who are responsible for ensuring our safety and adapting the dive site to prevailing sea conditions.
However, divers also have a great responsibility to dive safely for themselves and other trip participants. It can be said that it is a mutually intertwined machine.
Safety in scuba diving. Summary
Knowledge of current risk and human limitations, expanding knowledge, participating in diving courses and workshops, service of adequate equipment, compliance with the principles of safe diving, diving planning, association: these are the factors that significantly increase the diving safety.
When each diver approaches this problem adequately, I believe that without major problems they will answer themselves and others to the question of whether diving is safe.