Health And Safety
Buoyancy Control - Be Properly Weighted

Being over-weighted is the commonest cause of buoyancy control probems for divers.

Both BSAC and DAN
(Divers Alert Network - a well respected non-profit organization focusing on dive safety) report that buoyancy control – which is often linked to poor weighting is a common contributory factor in “incidents”.

For tips on how to get your weights right click the cartoon
RNLI - how to get out of a rip current

Swim parallel to the shore until you are out of it.

For more info download the PDF by clicking on the image
Problems clearing your ears?

If you are having trouble clearing your ears when descending, you might find this tip useful.

  • Start equalizing *before* you even go under the water!! While you are waiting to start your descent, do an initial equalisation before you start to descend.

By starting above the water, this “pre-pressurises” the ear and makes equalisation easier upon descent. It gives you that little extra air that could make a difference between an easy descent or a more difficult one.

Quick and easy. But effective.
BUT, never force it, if you have a cold and force it you could damage your eardrum.
RNLI - If you are lost on the surface!

6 Steps

1: Keep calm
2: Release weights except one -fix that to your DSMB.
3: Raise the alarm – if you have a PID/Flare use it.
4: Keep warm
5: Breathe
6: Wave and whistle

For more details download the PDF by clicking on the image