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While dive planning is essential for conducting a safe dive, it is also important for divers to follow a few specific rules designed to encourage safe diving.

  1. Breathe continuously. Reduce the risk of lung overexpansion injuries by keeping an open airway.
  2. Ascend slowly to reduce the risk of DCS and pressure-related injuries.
  3. Monitor instruments. Try to avoid running low on or out of gas, do not make fast ascents, and dive well within NDLs.
  4. Stay with your buddy or dive professional. Your buddy or dive professional gives you support if something goes wrong.
  5. Equalize early and often to look after your ears and keep you comfortable underwater.
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