Scuba diving has a really good safety record and this is mainly due to the training we do before participating in our adventurous sport.

All diving agencies provide training by qualified instructors in sheltered water (pool or safe shallow site) before moving their students to deeper and more exposed dive sites. All key skills are practised several times until the student becomes confident and competent with the skill. The skills are then moved to water a little deeper and practised more to ensure the students have progressive training.

We also have equipment that is fit for purpose that should be serviced in accordance with manufacturers’ recommendations, this provides another safety factor.

Before any dive we carry out a Risk Assessment – with BSAC you will come to know this as the SEEDS briefing. The ‘S’ stands for Safety and this means for you, your buddy and the rest of the diving party. Overall there will be another risk assessment by the Dive Manager for the day, ensuring that the weather conditions and site are safe for the diving party.

So, scuba diving has a good safety record that is justified by good training, sound equipment and safe practices. One thing we should all do is practice the skills regularly, especially rescue skills, to ensure we are capable of being effective if called to help ourselves or our buddy.

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