Get The Appropriate Training
Scuba diving is fairly easy for most people to get the hang of; however, you should never go on a dive without getting the appropriate training. When you complete an official PADI training course you will find that you are not only safer, but you will also find yourself far more comfortable under the water. Most dive shops will insist that you are PADI certified before hiring equipment to you or allowing you to participate in dives. In addition to basic training, you may also want to take additional courses if you intend on taking part in deeper dives, wreck diving and cave exploration. It is worth noting that if your first experience of scuba diving is at a resort, they may not be as strict in terms of training – so for your own safety be mindful that 30 feet is an appropriate depth for a beginner!
Never Go Diving Alone
One scuba diving safety rule which should definitely not be ignored, is that you should never go diving on your own! It is most common to dive in small groups, but at a minimum you should always have at least one other person with you so that you can keep an eye on one another. If an emergency situation were to arise underwater, your buddy would make the difference between life or death so never be tempted to dive on your own!
Stay In Good Shape
Although scuba diving is suitable for all ages and fitness levels, you do need to be in good general health and it can be advantageous to be in good physical shape. You do not need to be a star athlete, but you should at the very least be able to swim and be strong enough to carry the equipment. It is always a good idea to have regular physicals to ensure that you are in good health if you are regularly diving. Around a third of all scuba diving fatalities stem from heart and circulation issues, so it is best to take precautions. Also, you should never dive if you are feeling unwell in any way.