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GROUND ORGANIZATION: what to do before a dive

This season, thanks also to the new ATIS Diving Center in Lido Campanello on Lake Garda and the relative great news of ATIS Beach (about which you can read in the previous article ATIS BEACH: a project out of the water), among the many tourists and the many new students she was and is expected to still be very rich and active.

From this comes the perfect starting point to get some practical advice useful to all divers.

Therefore, for those who make diving excursions either by relying on a diving center or independently, strictly faithful to the teachings drawn from didactics NADD here is what ATIS Diving Club follows and gives as fundamental points for the organization from the ground and on what it is good to do before proceeding to a dive.

 

LEARN TO PLAN

Valid for any diving excursion: BE PREPARED.

This is only possible thanks to proper planning and consequent organization. The aim is to exclude as much as possible the onset of problems that could already force us to give up diving from the surface or the appearance of unexpected events that we are not prepared to face.

Check the details of the activity you are about to carry out to prepare yourself to safely circumvent or overcome possible obstacles and thus carry out your dive in a way that is not only safe, but also serene and, no less, fulfilling.

 

STUDY THE PLACE OF THE DIVE

Having established the site where the dive will take place, try to evaluate an alternative one as well, so that, should the weather conditions change, you will not have to give up your excursion.

Of course, in case you rely on a diving center, it will not be up to you to find information on the dive site such as water temperature, presence of currents, type of seabed, local regulations or other as they are aspects of the dive that will be directly provided to you.

If, on the other hand, you were the one to organize the trip, try to know these details and get them from reliable sources.

You could for example contact local experienced divers.

However, try not to limit yourself to just internet searches (however always productive), because details may be missing or even incorrect. Also keep in mind that it is possible to consult official publications and nautical charts to be on the safe side!

 

PLEASE NOTE:

Don't forget to have an emergency plan.

Make sure you have:

  • access to an oxygen unit
  • emergency numbers
  • knowledge of nearby hospitals
  • with access to the hyperbaric chamber

 

CHECK THE EQUIPMENT

Obviously, if you will use your own diving equipment, this will be checked before the day of the dive.

Advice, indeed, is just to do it in advance, in order to provide enough time for any maintenance (to be carried out scrupulously following the right "deadlines" relying on professionals from specialized technical centers) or repairs.

In the case of if the diving equipment is hired from a diving center, it is a good idea to carry out checks about what you can control.

The encouragement is to carry out the following checks:

  • CYLINDER

First of all, the date of expiry of the review is clearly visible, then check that it is still valid.

Then, as soon as you have opened it with the brew group connected, take a breath of air to make sure you don't taste any (otherwise the air inside the cylinder could be polluted and pose a serious risk to your health).

  • REGULATORS

Check that, once the regulators are connected to the cylinder, do not go in continuous delivery or self-delivery (check that when you breathe the pressure gauge needle does not swing).

Look at the mouthpieces to see if they are intact and thus ensure that they can be held securely in the mouth.

  • REGULATOR ATTACHMENT

Whether the attack is INT or DIN, check that the O-Ring is intact.

  • FAUCET

By taking advantage of both hearing and sense of touch, you can try feel if there is no air leak from the tap.

  • WHIPS

In this case, a visual check simply needs to be done to make sure they are in good condition.

  • CORRUGATO

Once the corrugated hose has been connected to the G.A.V. and open the cylinder make sure your jacket inflates and deflates duly.

 

THE DIVE COMPANION

Remarked this, the fundamental principle for safe and above all enjoyable diving for both, never neglect to make a thorough briefing with your buddy once you arrive at the dive site.

Define both the entry and exit points of the water together, outline the path to follow during the dive, review the signs to communicate when you are immersed, set depth limits, of time, reserve air with which to go up and review the procedures to be followed in case of separation from your partner.

 

BEHAVIOR ON BOAT

Obviously, not all diving spots are reachable from the shore, therefore it may be necessary to use a boat.

To begin, in this case, pay attention to follow the instructions that will be given to you by the crew or the captain. They are not "fussiness", but how to ensure safety and good navigation for passengers.

Moreover, to be really ready, discuss in advance with the dive manager what technique you will need to adopt to get in and out of the water, as they vary according to the type of boat.

If you use a small boat instead (or dinghy) to go diving with friends is a good idea leave someone on board who is informed of the dive plan and the expected time of ascent. Communicate this information (dive destination and return time) even to someone on the ground, possibly leaving them in writing, it is a simple and effective way of giving someone the opportunity to call for help in case of need.

 

THE LAST ADVICE: KNOWING TO GIVE UP

Within the teaching text NADD we find these wise words written:

Do not hesitate to give up diving if the weather and sea conditions change

or if technical problems arise, physical or logistical that could reduce diving safety. "

A true diver knows how to give up, as a true diver knows that nothing is more important than safety. An immersion must be faced with technical preparation and physical propensity, since it is right that it represents a satisfying recreational activity, fulfilling, amazing… and fun!

 

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