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Diving is an adventurous activity and does carry a degree of risk. That risk can be well managed by being well prepared for your dives. As with all adventurous outdoor activities, you must consider all safety-related issues and all equipment issues—good and potentially bad. In addition, you need to be well prepared mentally and physically for the activity.

The following are a few considerations when planning a dive.

  • Equipment readiness and appropriateness
  • Dive site selection and conditions on dive day
  • Dive buddy selection (Open Water 20 program)
  • Logistics of the dive
  • Entry and exit points at the site
  • Additional potential hazards when diving from boats
  • Diving together and staying together
  • Adequate exposure protection
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