Never attempt to
scuba dive without diving lessons and certification.
Be sure that you
can swim prior to lessons.
Always dive with
a buddy. Beginners should always dive with an experienced
diver and not another beginner.
Plan your dives
with your buddy, including communications, procedures for reuniting
if separated and emergency procedures.
Always wear the correct equipment
and make sure it fits properly.
Do not attempt to
dive in waters where you do not have certification. Advanced
certification is required for many dives.
Maximum depth should be limited to your level of training and
conditions before every dive and making sure they fit your personal
to the dive briefings, respect the advice of those overseeing the
dive activities, and always follow directions.
Never dive while
under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Recognize and accept the
power of the ocean.
Check the general
mechanical condition of your equipment before leaving.
Equipment must be
treated with respect and properly maintained and serviced.
Check the local weather
forecast before beginning the trip.
be worn at all times when you are on the surface.
dehydrated during diving so be sure to drink water when you are on
Know the symptoms
and the signs heat exhaustion and hypothermia.
continuously while diving and never skip a breathe or hold your
Be watchful for
and avoid overexertion.
Always make sure someone knows your
itinerary and with whom you are traveling.
Use good judgment at all times.
skills under supervision if you have not recently dived.
Be sure to be environmentally
conscious on every dive.