Avoid Running Out of Air SCUBA DivingOne thing we can count on when we’re on land is that we don’t run out of air. When we’re diving though, this becomes a possibility with serious consequences. The good news is that an out of air emergency is very preventable before the dive and air issues in the water can be successfully managed by following basic recreational dive principles. Let’s dive into avoiding out-of-air emergencies when we’re SCUBA diving!
Avoid Running Out of Air SCUBA Diving
?The surface interval’s over…
get out there and dive!?
The DataAs with all things SCUBA the data about running out of air SCUBA diving is hard to pin down. This is compounded by the fact that out of air incidents that do not result in accidents are rarely reported and don’t factor into the data we can find. I’ve added a number of reports in the references below and I won’t bore you with statistics here. The bottom line that is of practical use for divers is that most dive accidents can be either directly or indirectly associated with running out of air.
Why Divers Run Out of AirThere are articles and websites that will list a myriad of ways that divers run out of air. For recreational SCUBA divers, there are really only two. Why make things complicated when we might be narced anyway?
- Not regularly monitoring your tank pressure.
- Equipment failure.
Preventing Out of Air IncidentsDuring our training, we are taught everything we need to know about preventing out of air incidents.
- Use Good Gear
- Know Your Gear
- Maintain Your Gear
- Pre-Dive Checks
- Plan Your Own Dives
- Understand Dive Parameters
- Good Buddy Communication
- Deep Dive Training (if you’re going >60 Feet)