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Divers Safety _

Promoting Drivers Safety

Spearfishing involves hunting below the water using diving equipment. It is known as spearfishing because diving hunters catch fish by spearing them. It involves the use of a snorkel and an air tank. A snorkel identifies your target while the air tank prevents breathing in the water.

Spearfishing is one of the most discouraging water activities because of the dangers involved. It has been described as a risky sport but one that offers unrivalled thrills and excitement. Hence, while we promote spearfishing activities, we also ensure the safety of divers. The common dangers often associated with spearfishing are:

Sharks Attack

Sharks are rarely found on the surface of the sea but can be attracted by cut fish. Hence, it is risky to have cut fish on your stringer during spearfishing. Nowadays, there is shark protective clothing.

Accidental Spearing

Although everyone is advised to take due diligence before activities start, it is not beyond the possibility that a person may get speared mistakenly.

Shallow Water Blackout

SWB is another danger involved with spearfishing.

Wrong Entry and Exit

Before entering the water, you should study the state of the water. Also, you must find a safe point to enter and leave.

Strong Current and Surge

Any fluctuation with the water current and surge can cause you to crash against a reel or rock. 

Drowning

As with other water activities, drowning pose a great threat to spearfishing.

Ear Damage

Spearfishing can also cause ear damage. Hence, do not ignore any ear pains during diving.

To minimise the chances of an accident, we have compiled the following safety regulations to allow you to have a swell time while diving with risks.

  • Dive within limits and in the company of another person.
  • Be alert at all times.
  • Practice safe driving by obeying the “one up, one down” rule.
  • Ensure that your weight is acceptable for diving.
  • If a blackout occurs, unbuckle your belt if you discover you have or are about to reach beyond your bottom. This gesture helps you bob out of the water to the surface.
  • Watch out for signs. For instance, in potential SWB, you may experience severe headaches, tunnel vision, or difficulty swallowing. Also, ear pains are a symptom of potential hearing loss.
  • Do not hold your breath for too long.
  • Remove your snorkel before coming up to the surface.
  • Do not inhale or exhale forcefully.
  • Avoid hyperventilation. Hyperventilation is taking about fifteen deep breaths in one go. It often leads to an increase in pulse rate and a decline in CO2, which could cause a blackout.
  • Do not go diving in the swimming pool alone. There has been a lot of accidents recorded from pool diving.
  • Avoid sharp turns at target depth. Such action may cause vertigo. In this case, blood flows to the lungs.
  • When at the ascent, do not attempt to look beyond the surface. If you do, you create tension for your neck, which affects blood discharge to the brain.
  • Slow down when you almost reach the ascent. This is to regulate your pulse rate.
  • Attend Diving medical training. Learn the act of administering CPR or other forms of resuscitation. Constantly orient yourself on first aid treatments that apply in diving.