Basic Etiquette for Scuba Divers ( for those that are not sure or just starting out
Basic Etiquette for Scuba Divers
There is the problem of applying anti-fogging compound to the lenses of the diving
1. Saliva is the proper substance and should, as far as possible, avoid involving
post-nasal drip. Saliva should be applied in the least noisy manner possible and
with as little foreign matter (coffee grinds or other materials normally associated
with un- brushed teeth) as possible.
2. The mask should be held in the diver’s own hands, close to his own face, while
applying the compound.
3. A diver should only use one of his own hands to evenly spread the anti-fogging
compound on the lenses of your mask and rinse that hand over the side before attempting
last-minute cheek pinches, pats, squeezes or hugs.
4. Do rinse the mask after spreading the compound.
Since many divers are prone to seasickness, a few guidelines to help carry off bouts
of this affliction with decorum are offered:
1. Never eat scratchy stuff. Stick to smooth, pleasant tasting basics that will not
ferment or multiply in your stomach.
2. Enduring misery up on deck, in the fresh air, is usually more practical than below
deck where the atmosphere may be contaminated with diesel fumes, fish bait or cooking
3. Remember that divers usually get picked up on the leeward side (downwind) of the
boat as the skipper normally uses the wind to drift onto the waiting divers. These
swimmers would appreciate a warning well in advance.
Medical Consideration / Medical Conditions
There are some medical conditions that may exclude the diver from SCUBA diving, some
of these conditions are
Pregnancy / Nervous system disorders / Some cancers / Hepatitis / Malaria
With some, it is the condition itself, and others, it is the drugs that are given
for the condition that excludes one from diving. Unfortunately, the medical profession
doesn’t give black and white answers and some of the conditions require the diver
to accept the risk and responsibility for the decision. But, research is being conducted
by various agencies around the world all the time and things do change from time