Every year scuba divers across the globe get lost at sea and some end up dying or never found. The majority of these divers sign up for a diving trip on a tour boat and due to inexperience, lack of common sense, negligence and just plain bad luck are subjected to the worse experience in their lives.
The problem is that in a third world country the tour boat operator might be less concerned with the divers security than keeping on schedule. And in case you’ve got a problem there are no lawyers that will sue somebody.
Basically you’re on your own or if you are diving with someone then it is very important that you look out for each other during the dive. I did a dive in the Bahamas a few years back and while clearing my ears upon the adequate that the dive master and three divers disappeared by the time I got to the bottom. In reality I never saw the dive master again until he surfaced twenty minutes after. Luckily I had my buddy watching out for me and waiting for me until I descended!
If you Google lost scuba divers you will be amazed at the amount of lost divers and some of the tragic stories that ended in death.
Common sense is the first and foremost rule of thumb! Do not wander off, be conscious of where the dive master is at all times, keep your eye on your other fellow divers, be aware of the strong currents which can move you at over 5 mph, when you surface deploy your BC and look for the dive boat along with other divers, have a signaling light or safety light with you.
Obviously there will be situations where you will end up in trouble but the key point isn’t to panic! Especially if you get to the surface and you’re unable to see the dive boat or other fellow sailors. This may also happen if the swells and waves are over four feet high and because you are floating low in the water the ship actually might be a hundred yards away and not be able to see you.
If you panic you will not be able to think clearly and you will waste precious energy. Time is against you because if there are powerful currents they will be moving you further and farther away from the starting point and you will start losing heat despite wearing a wet suit. Another aspect to consider is if you’re floating in the ocean you’ll require drinking water long before you want food and sunlight will burn you.
Some basic precautions may improve your chances for survival. They’ve an inflatable sign devise that may be helpful but where do you keep it’s the question. Another solution that is more helpful at dusk and at night is a signal light that obviously has to be waterproof and long lasting.
Presently there are some lights on the marketplace that will provide some help based on the color of the light, duration of the light, flashing or solid color, depth capacity of the light, size of the security light and endurance.
Based on basic physics that the most visible light either submerged or on top is a white flashing light. Lots of the lights that are supposed to be visible are solid and in various colors.
My preference is a water activated light that’s bright white and flashing. There’s a new firm called diver Realtors that sells two different types of lights that can literally last over a 150 hours of constant usage. Better than many of the others that rely on batteries which at most will burn for only thirty hours which is just over a day and probably not long enough in most cases.
Some of the lights on the market are the Trident Led Light Stick, the Trident Mini Flashing Light, the \waterproof Scuba Diving Strobe, the I Torch Firefly, the Princeton Tec Aqua Strobe, the Tek Tite Led Strobe, the Dive Buddy locator and the Diver Snorkel Beacon Light. These lights vary from ten dollars up to sixty five dollars and some are plain junk and others are extremely well made.
Personally, I prefer the water triggered safety dive lights because they can last for over a hundred dives and not only make you visible on top of the water they’ll also make you visible to the dive master and fellow divers underwater.
Dive safely and revel in the ocean!
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