One magnificent way to make the most out of your vacation is by voyaging across the borders to Dubai. And while at it, most people would fancy helicopter rides above the city to catch a bird’s eye view or perhaps, snorkeling at Fujairah. However, a trip underwater can be much worthy as you scuba dive and explore the beauty that lies beyond what meets the eye. But before you hit the road and take on this incredible adventure, you must be familiar with your way around doing it safely. Here are the safety tips to guarantee you a safe return home, unscathed.
1. Get a Certification
Before you plunge into the waters, you’ll require voyaging into the sea on a boat or a yacht from any yacht rental Dubai firm to get to the proper depths to plunge into. Usually, before you go scuba diving, you must present valid proof of your ability to stay underwater through training comfortably. That should help your instructor know that staying underwater won’t be a danger to you or your fellow divers and that the trip is more enjoyable than a nightmare. For Dubai locals, that should be pretty straightforward, but it requires prior validation before getting the green light for foreigners.
2. Stay Closer to Your Instructor
While underwater, don’t be carried away by the magnificent coral and the Dubai underwater beauties such that you drift further away from your instructor unknowingly. If that happens, you might lose the accompaniment meant to keep everyone safe if something fishy happens. Remember, staying underwater for lengthy periods alone can be nerving, and that defies the purpose of the entire trip. The experience should be fun and, of course, eventually, get you home in one piece. Hence, keeping close to your instructor will guarantee safety if anything unexpected happens.
3. Ensure the Scuba Gear is Intact
Always dive with a scuba diving school with a history of proficiency and high safety standards. Keep close tabs on your scuba diving school before your trip to Dubai and ensure that they don’t have a tainted legacy of failed gears or imminent accidents. That gives you some peace of mind, being aware that your safety is guaranteed. And before plunging into the seas, cross-check your scuba gear with your instructor to ensure that none of it is faulty. Also, be sure to put it on correctly, ensuring that everything else is in place before making your move underwater.
4. Have Travel Insurance
It helps to have valid travel insurance to help you deal with the uncertainties of travel. Better yet, an insurance policy covering your scuba diving trips can come in handy, giving you the peace of mind to plunge into the waters. It’s not entirely sure that things may go south while underwater, but having an insurance policy will help you counter the costs of treating injuries or illnesses from the trip. If your travel insurance policy isn’t pretty straightforward, always ask around from your insurance provider before subscribing to it.
5. Equalize as You Descend
During your trip into the aqua depths, always remember to make the correct movements to prevent damage to your eyes. There’s a likely possibility that an abrupt change in pressure could be detrimental to your inner ear, which of course, is something you won’t fancy happening right in the earlier moments of your trip underwater. Do that by pinching the nose and blowing gently to open the Eustachian tube to allow air to flow into the middle ear. Repeat frequently as you near the seafloor to minimize imminent ear damages.
6. Breathe Normally and Don’t Hold Your Breath
You might think that holding your breath underwater will save you chunks of oxygen to last your underwater trip longer. However, that may be more harmful than good and perhaps, intensively life-threatening. Holding your breath underwater causes air embolism, which can be fatal. That means your bloodstream gets lodged with air bubbles that alter oxygen movement. To prevent that, keep your breathing at normal as you would do when on the ground to prevent things from getting south. Don’t worry about your oxygen running out since your instructor will indicate the right time to ascend once the time lapses.
7. Monitor Your Air Gauge
You need an instructor by your side to keep close tabs at the right time to stay underwater before your oxygen runs out. If it’s your first ever scuba diving trip, you may be naïve about monitoring your tank oxygen levels. However, you should receive prior training on monitoring your oxygen levels to do it yourself with an instructor’s help. Knowing when your oxygen runs out is safer to time your ascents and ensure that you don’t run out of air before getting up to the surface.
8. Don’t Go Deeper Than 40 Meters
Coral and marine life flourish within 40 meters from the sea surface and going deeper than that won’t give much for your eyes to relish. Besides, that’s the recreational scuba diving limit, and your insurance will only cover you for injuries and illnesses incurred within that depth. Therefore, always keep an eye on your dive computer to ensure that you stick within that depth, or follow your instructor if you don’t have one.
9. Don’t Rush to the Surface without Making Stops
Rushing up to the surface without making frequent five-second stops can be bad for you since it induces decompression sickness. Gushing in your ascent builds up nitrogen into your bloodstream, causing ‘bends’ that can only find their way out of your body through decompression stops.
10. Don’t Fly Back at Least 24 Hours after Diving
If you flew inside Dubai, don’t make a hasty decision to fly back before a 24-hour lapse. Therefore, make arrangements to make the most out of that time, perhaps visiting the renowned Burj Khalifa, the Dubai Mall, or relaxing and unwinding out on the beach. That’ll help you get the nitrogen from your bloodstream and avoid a decompression sickness as you change pressure during a flight, keeping you safe and healthy.
Dubai never fails to mesmerize with its natural and synthetic beauty and is a perfect way to spend your holidays and vacations. Better still, going underwater makes the experience more fun as you look at the uncanny creations underwater. If you’re planning on crossing borders and have an exhilarating experience in a distant country, please keep Dubai high up your radar.