Every year scuba divers throughout the planet get lost at sea and a few end up dying or not found. Most these divers register for a diving trip on a tour ship and because of inexperience, lack of common sense, negligence and just plain bad luck are exposed to the worse encounter in their lives.
The thing is that in a third world country the tour boat operator might be less worried about the divers security than keeping on schedule. And in case you’ve got a problem there aren’t any attorneys that will sue somebody.
Basically you’re on your own or if you’re diving with someone then it’s 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 sailors vanished by the time I got to the floor. In reality I never saw the dive master until he surfaced twenty minutes after.
If you Google lost scuba divers you’ll be amazed at the amount of lost divers and a few of the tragic tales that ended in death.
Common sense is your 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 sailors, know about the strong currents which can move you at more than 5 mph, when you surface deploy your BC and search for the dive boat along with other divers, have a signaling light or security light with you.
Obviously there’ll be situations where you may end up in trouble but the essential point isn’t to panic! Especially if you get to the surface and you’re not able to find the dive boat or other fellow sailors. This may also occur if the swells and waves are over four feet high and because you’re floating low in the water that the ship actually might be a hundred yards away and not have the ability to see you.
If you panic you won’t be able to think clearly and you’ll waste precious energy. Time is against you because if there are powerful currents they’ll be moving you further and farther away from the starting point and you’ll begin losing warmth 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 enhance your odds for survival. They’ve an inflatable sign devise that may be useful but where do you maintain it’s the question. Another solution that is more helpful at dusk and at night is a signal light that clearly has to be waterproof and durable.
Presently there are a number of lights on the marketplace that will offer some help depending on the colour of the light, length of the lighting, flashing or solid colour, depth capacity of the light, size of the security light and endurance.
According to fundamental physics that the most visible light either submerged or on top is a white flashing light. Lots of the lights which are supposed to be visible are strong and in various colors.
My taste 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 just thirty hours that’s just over a day and probably not long enough usually.
These lights vary from ten bucks up to sixty five bucks and some are plain crap and others are extremely well made.
Personally, I prefer the water triggered safety dive lights as they can last for more than a hundred dives and not just make you visible on top of the water they’ll make you visible to the dive master and fellow divers underwater.
Dive safely and revel in the ocean!