Preparation Before Diving
Planning is the safest way to avoid frustration stemming from misunderstandings with the dive buddy, avoiding equipment forgetfulness and predicting dive site conditions.
Preparation before diving should be carried out in order to anticipate, discuss and agree on as many variables as possible.
Before starting the dive , each diver must check his or her dive companion’s equipment and equipment as follows:
- Start with the vest by checking the operation of the intake hose, trachea and safety valves and quick purge.
- Then check that the bottle is open, what air pressure is indicated on the pressure gauge, the flow of the main and 2nd floor emergency regulators, the existence of leaks (toric joint deficiency) and the state of the hoses.
- Finally check that the bottle is securely fixed to the vest.
- If all the straps of the vest are functional.
- If the straps of the mask and fins are in good condition.
- If the ballast system or ballast belt is suitable for the type of dive.
- If the instruments are properly safe and operational (manometer, 2nd emergency floor, etc…).
In order not to forget the appropriate sequence for checking the equipment, you can use the FAP mnemonic (Module 15 – Basic Diving Planning).
It should be taken into account if the equipment is the most suitable for the type of dive that will be carried out.
The evaluation of the disposition of the companion is also essential for the diving to take place in the best conditions. In the preparation phase of the dive you can still change the planning according to your physical or emotional state.