The tragedy of a diving instructor and his student circulated around Singapore. Both drowned in Malaysia last September 7, 2013. The operator of the equipment claimed that the instructor and his student’s equipments were not replaced on their second day of diving but according to a veteran diving instructor, it was unacceptable that the two men used the same tanks for two days.
Diving is fun but you should be cautious. Remember that it is not fun when you drown. So, to avoid diving tragedies, you need to take note of the following things:
Attend the briefing
If you are an amateur, it is very important that you attend or join the briefing. In fact, it is recommended to participate in this activity even if you claim you know the area very well. In your briefing, you will discuss your dive plan. It is imperative that you listen well because this can only be the difference between life and death.
Familiarize yourself with hand signals
Hand signals are usually taught and discussed during the briefing but it should be stressed that you need to be familiar with it. Hand signals vary from region to region but there are general hand signals like okay, cold, danger, going down, going up, come here and watch me.
Check the equipments
Before actually diving, you need to check your equipments. Even if you checked it a while ago, you should still do it. You should check the tank if it is open then the amount of air you have. There is a need to try the regular and breathe from it. The BCD should never be forgotten.
Never dive alone
You should always do buddy check. You are responsible for your buddy and he/she to you. So, when you check your equipments, make sure he/she does his/her checking with you. When you are down there, always keep an eye to him/her and never go far from him/her.