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Course Outline

Diving instructor having a discussion with student

Before the dive, follow these safe practices:

  • Learn to dive with a qualified scuba instructor.
  • Attend refresher courses.
  • Plan your dive with your instructor.
  • Carry an oxygen and first-aid kit, or check that one is available at the dive site.
  • Do not forget your insurance membership card or emergency insurance, and check its expiration date.
  • Plan a day free from diving after every 3 to 4 diving days.
  • Eat moderately and drink adequately before a dive, avoiding alcohol. (Never dive with a hangover.)
  • Hydration is critical for safe diving. Have a reusable water bottle handy.
  • Undergo an annual medical exam. If you take medications or have underlying medical conditions, consult your physician before going on a dive.
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