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A DIVER READY FOR ANYTHING: how to handle an unexpected event in the water

The unexpected is always lurking, just don't get caught unprepared!

Diving has a good level of safety compared to other activities and good preparation, both theoretical and practical, it is necessary to be ready to handle everything that happens, or it could happen, during a dive.

Relying on a good diving school is certainly the first step, because of this ATIS Diving Club constantly prepares and supports future divers from their first steps towards the water.

Not just offering, but precisely to ensure the completeness of the theoretical information first and the absolute certainty of adequate training and achievement of one's comfort in the water then, unitamente all’esperienza e competenza di ogni singolo membro dello staff è ciò che la nostra scuola reputa letteralmente indispensabile per la preparazione di ogni singolo subacqueo.

 

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY "PREPARATION"

Studying the primary rules of diving and the simple concepts of physics to which it is subject represents the basis of prevention and eventual management of unexpected events.

Just think of how fundamentally important it is to know that during a dive you should never hold your breath to avoid a serious event such as pulmonary over-distension.

Even practically getting prepared by a serious diving school that it knows how to follow you in the trials phase in confined water and in the first dives in open water is obviously just as important, for this reason the instructors of the school ATIS Diving Club they continuously follow refresher courses.

Good practical training is imperative for develop familiarity with the use of the equipment underwater, as well as, by carrying out basic exercises, confidence with the correct "maneuvers" for making the underwater experience not only safe, but rewarding and absolutely enjoyable.

Therefore, a good general formation well completed and containing the right notions and principles, is the primary form of preparation for any unforeseen second ATIS Diving Club.

In any case, for any diver willing to advance with the courses and maybe become a professional, the importance of the maintaining good physical shape, for the purpose of preserving an optimal state of health to face diving, together with a certain constancy in practicing the activity to stay fit.

 

THE FIRST RULE: DO NOT UNDERESTIMATE THE UNEXPECTED

Although the dive will take place in the waters of a crystalline sea, hot and flat and will take place at a shallow depth do not underestimate the unexpected that could occur.

Even if it seems strange, most of the unforeseen events that may arise arise on or near the surface.

In fact, it may happen that you even get away from the dive support boat and not have brought the boat with you (among other things mandatory) or, about distance, you may have been distant from your mate ... which brings us to rule number two.

 

THE SECOND RULE: BE A GOOD COMPANION

If some unforeseen event should occur, there is no need to worry about asking your partner for help, because thanks to him such events are easily solved and will allow you to continue your immersion in a pleasant way in no time.

For this we quote some words taken from the Open Water Diver book of our teaching NADD:

 

Remember that the torque system is one of the fundamental procedures for diving safety. As a diver you have two responsibilities towards your buddy: actively contribute to avoiding the emergence of problems e, if they arise, help overcome them.

 

MANAGING THE UNEXPECTED

Our experience in the water suggests that the most frequently encountered unforeseen events during a dive are:

  • WORRY: almost always due to too fast kicks or exaggerated efforts
  • CRAMPS: always probably due to excessive efforts

These listed are also easily preventable events by simply limiting the exaggeration of the activity. Anyway, upon the occurrence of one of these conditions, you can rely on the guides or instructors present, that will help you manage and eliminate every little obstacle!

In the specific case of cramps, that during diving almost in all cases occur on the foot or calf, it will be enough stretch and massage the affected muscle. For the treatment of cramps in water it can be useful ask your partner for a hand, who can intervene by stretching and massaging the leg while he or you pull the tip of the fin to relax the affected muscles.

Anyway, these are topics that are usually dealt with during the Briefings and are also included in the diving training with ATIS Diving Club by carrying out practical tests in water to simulate these occurrences and those that will follow.

 

MANAGING THE RARE UNEXPECTED

Below are other unforeseen events that could occur during a dive and how to deal with them easily:

  • CONTINUOUS DISPENSER

It is not a common occurrence, since it mainly occurs in cases where correct maintenance and overhaul has not been respected.

Anyway, know that despite the abundant flow of air that will escape in the occurrence of this particular case, it will still be possible to continue to breathe by dispersing excess air into the environment.

  • ENCLOSURE

During a dive it may happen that you get caught in something like abandoned fishing lines or nets or in something else around you.

First of all, it must be said that this eventuality is easily preventable thanks to the maintaining a neutral set-up and correct attachment of the equipment underwater (no whips and various dangling instrumentation!).

But if it happens to get entangled, assess the situation calmly, you can ask your partner for assistance, which can intervene directly by freeing you with your hands or by using a knife, or again, you could remove and replace the G.A.V. (exercise foreseen in the training phase of any good diving training center).

  • BREAKING OF THE MASK STRAP

In this case, if neither you nor your partner had brought a backup mask, you can still safely finish the dive while hold the broken mask against your face with one hand.

  • SELF-INFLATING OF THE G.A.V.

Other unexpected events caused by incorrect maintenance: he G.A.V. which begins to swell on its own.

To avoid going back up in an uncontrolled and therefore dangerous way, first of all, disconnect the hose from the corrugated jacket and restore a neutral buoyancy. You can easily deflate the G.A.V. by means of the emergency cords and if necessary inflate it by mouth.

 

A DIVER READY FOR ANYTHING

If you are prepared and, previously, instructed by a qualified diving school such as ATIS Diving Club no problem will be considered as such. Those you will encounter will only be unexpected that you will learn to manage promptly and easily with safety ... and therefore calm!

 

The readiness of a diver is mainly given by the prevention, thing of which it makes its weapon against risks and problems. To do this, the true diver ready for anything is simply the one who it is formed and informed correctly and completely and therefore is a diver prepared.

 

Underwater training is not just a physical and motor activity. When we dive with our mates, we trust them. When we know our equipment we increase our self-control skills. When we help a mate, we increase our personal safety. For this reason, we dedicate our efforts to extend the courses to children as well, children and the disabled. "
Our Group was born from here.
– Alberto Tumminelli-

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