IN DEEP: Safety brief is vital before divers hit the water
DIVERS are best prepared for a dive when they receive a comprehensive safety brief from the dive supervisor on the boat.
There are certain things divers need to know before they enter the water, including maximum depth of the dive, the water temperature, the underwater visibility and the presence of any currents and underwater surges.
Divers also need to be reminded of the buddy system, both at the surface and underwater.
They need to be reminded of the importance of doing a safety stop at five metres for five minutes at the end of the dive to reduce any risk of getting decompression sickness.
Other information provided by the dive supervisor may include the different types of marine creatures expected on the dive.
No matter what the experience level of the diver, an excellent dive brief can make the dive experience so much more enjoyable and safe.