GOOD HEALTH LEADS TO A GREAT SCUBA DIVING EXPERIENCE
Embarking on an underwater adventure in Oahu is an awe-inspiring journey, no matter your fitness level. But let’s add another dimension to that adventure – your health and fitness. Why? Because, just like ensuring your scuba gear is in prime condition is essential for a safe dive, checking in with your own ‘internal gear’ is equally crucial.
We can all agree that when you’re physically fit, you can push your limits, explore deeper, and linger longer in the beautiful underwater world of Oahu. More than that, a good health condition ensures a smoother, more comfortable dive, turning an already incredible experience into an unforgettable one.
The diving checklist doesn’t stop at the dive gear. Think of your body as the most critical piece of equipment you’re taking underwater with you. By keeping tabs on your personal health and fitness, you’re setting the stage for a safer and more immersive diving experience. In the words of the Spirit of Aloha, take care of your body, and it will take care of you during your North Shore Oahu diving adventures.
Fitness Could Save Your Life
Scuba diving is relatively safe to do. But conditions can change quickly when you are underwater. Tides and currents can shift without notice. Although it’s rare, you may find yourself caught in a rip current or be near a reef when a sudden current forces you down a wall. If these events were to happen, the healthier and fitter you are, the better prepared you will be to exit safely.
Don’t Dive Sick
It’s never a good idea to get into the water if you are suffering from a cold, flu or other illness. It’s important that you dive only when your ears and sinuses are completely clear. Diving with congestion can lead to a condition known as ear barotrauma. It’s not unusual for people in dive classes to ignore the early signs of a cold or congestion. Excitement about the scuba diving experience and adrenaline make them feel healthier than they are.
Some take over the counter medications to keep their symptoms at bay. But when these medications wear off — especially if you are underwater — your body’s physical ability to manage changing depth pressure can be limited. Barotrauma can be the result. If you are not feeling well, feel tired, or know you are getting sick, it’s not a good idea to dive. Illness and injury increase your chances of decompression illness.