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Good Health Leads to a Great Scuba Diving Experience

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Scuba diving in Oahu is an incredible experience whatever your physical condition. But you can do more and go longer and deeper if you are in good health.

Everybody knows you need to check out your scuba diving equipment before you get into the water. But what about your personal health and fitness? Shouldn’t you check that out as well?

The answer is “yes!” The fitter you are, the more comfort and enjoyment you can experience during each dive.

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.