Diving is a thrilling past time that gives divers an unparalleled experience of our incredible planet. However, humans are not born with gills, so when we dive we enter a foreign environment that our bodies are not, in evolutionary terms, equipped to survive in. It is therefore crucial that whenever you dive you have great respect for both your own health and the environment you are entering.
When Not To Dive
There are a number of conditions that mean medical professionals will suggest you should not dive. For example, if you are pregnant it is not recommended, as you are putting your body under undue stress, which may have an adverse affect on the young people in your life. Equally, people with any heart conditions should not dive. Should you experience any heart difficulties while under water it is almost impossible to clearly communicate it, or for anyone to administer any emergency health treatment under water.
Consult Your GP and Dive Masters
Ultimately, if you have any health concerns about your dive trip at all it is fundamental that you consult a medical professional. Your GP should be familiar with any conditions you have and will be able to give the best possible advice. It is also advisable to read any dive equipment guidance notes, as they will also carry medical warnings on them. Ahead of booking a dive trip it is best to contact the dive master you will be diving with and discuss any concerns with them directly before you head off on your trip.
Minor Health Conditions
If you are concerned about minor health conditions, such as asthma, panic attacks or allergies, it may be fine to dive. However, it is crucial that you flag-up any concerns with your dive master so that they can monitor you during the dive. This will also give them time ahead of your dive to research any medical advice for how they can help you. It is always advisable to allow people responsible for your safety plenty of time to prepare.
If you are on medication you should alert your dive master before diving. Many medications will not affect a dive at all, but always refer to the drug manufacturer’s guidelines. Most pain-killers and contraceptives should not pose a risk, but any medications that cause drowsiness should not be taken before a dive. If you do not advise your dive master of a medication you are taking, you are endangering yourself, your dive master and the rest of your dive team.
Be Sure of Your Equipment
It is important to be conscious of the quality of the equipment you will be using during your dive. If you have your own dive equipment, you can be confident that you are using the best possible gear. Be conscious to thoroughly check any rental equipment you are using and use a dive centre that comes highly recommended. Check their safety certificates when booking your dive as well as your own travel insurance that covers you for diving and sporting activities abroad.
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