Ah Scuba diving! How better to discover what is under the blue vastness that surrounds us. We explore these salty (or sweet!) lands that very few people have traveled before us, we meet large and small creatures, we discover a world which is more than fascinating. Scuba diving is soothing and rejuvenating, as we follow the safety rules established by organizations such as PADI and SSI – such as binomial and regularly checked and upgraded equipment.
However, an accident can happen quickly, even if the said rules are followed! Scuba diving may well be a beautiful sport but it remains that it is extreme and it is important to keep this in mind.
To dive with peace of mind, you must put the odds on your side and protect yourself. Should an incident happen, a treatment in a hyperbaric chamber or an air evacuation can be extremely expensive, especially if you are not in the country or province of residence. That is why it is essential to be insured to prevent exorbitant costs. Here is everything you need to know about the insurance to be taken out if one plans to dive on his next trip.

1.Inquire

Please read the clauses relating to extreme sports insurance: This is the most sensible advice we can follow! Not all policies cover all types of diving or all qualification levels. It must also be noted the limits of insurance: to a depth of how many meters does the coverage apply? What kind of equipment and what kind of air? Are there additional covers like an interrupted journey due to an accident or transportation of our family members?

2.Cover as professional divers

Are you already covered by PADI (or any other organization that offers certification)? When you are in the process of obtaining your professional levels (divemaster), PADI applies de facto insurance. On the other hand, if you plan to work after taking these courses, it is more than important to take out insurance. The more diving, the more risks!

3. Be alert

Sometimes symptoms of discomfort due to diving can take a few hours before surfacing. We must be alert and, above all, listen. You must perceive signs sent by your body – if one feels any symptoms or if one realizes that something is wrong, it is important to not hesitate to talk with your guide or instructor. Their first mission is to make sure that everything happens for the best!

It is important to trust the people with whom you dive, but also to the place where you dive. If you feel the slightest doubt about the equipment, the binomials, the places of diving or anything else, you have to listen and follow your instinct. It is always better to dive with a reputable school, rated five stars by PADI or another recognized association. This ensures that the establishment follows the rules and standards with finesse and precision.

4. Dive in the right place with the right equipment

It is important to trust the people with whom you dive, but also to the place where you dive. If you feel the slightest doubt about the equipment, the binomials, the places of diving or anything else, you have to listen and follow your instinct. It is always better to dive with a reputable school, rated five stars by PADI or another recognized association. This ensures that the establishment follows the rules and standards with finesse and precision.

Enjoy!

Being a divemaster for over a year now, I know that an incident can happen much faster than you think, and even to the most experienced. A small flaw in the equipment can cause much havoc, unplanned currents can take us far from the shore or boat, a sudden panic attack can surprise us and all this even if one has hundreds of dives under their belt.
It is much better to take all possible precautions, before, during and after the dive, and have an experience that will blur our vision of this formidable activity! Being covered for scuba diving removes the stress of “if something happens” so that you only have to relax and make the most of the seabed!

Article by Nomad Junkies team