Scuba diving is a great warm-weather pastime for water lovers who want to enjoy the beauty at the bottom of the ocean, but it’s not without risk.
Anything from faulty gear to human error can mean a tragic end to your scuba vacation, but there are ways to avoid those risks. Understanding how your scuba equipment works, breathing techniques and even your own personality can help you stay safe in the water. Most importantly, if you are a beginner, it’s important that you go diving with a trained, certified scuba professional who knows the local waters well.
Here are some dangerous diving stories to remind you what not to do, whether you're a beginner, an occasional diver or one of the 17.5 million certified scuba divers worldwide, according to the Professional Association of Diving Instructors.
Trust Your Dive Buddy
Scuba diving with a dive buddy may be more fun than doing it alone, but it’s also a safety net in case you encounter what could be a life threatening problem. Of course, you’ll have to find a buddy you can trust. That way if you have problems with your own equipment while you’re under water, you’ll be able to practice buddy breathing, an emergency technique in which two people alternate using one valve for oxygen.
You may want to make sure that you can trust your buddy, however. Diver Christina Mae Watson of Birmingham, Ala. couldn’t even trust her own husband to look out for her during their vacation in Australia. Even though David Gabriel Watson was trained to rescue scuba divers in a state of panic, according to an MSN report, he left her at the bottom of the ocean to die. He claims that, while she was in distress, his wife of just 11 days knocked hisdive mask off in a panic and he left her to get help.