Public Safety Announcement: Stay Safe on Board

When preparing for a dive, safety is at the top of the list — checking gear, learning potential site hazards and discussing procedures with your divemaster or buddy. Practice safety on board the boat as well — nobody wants to miss out on a dive due to a mishap on the boat before the dive even starts. Watch for these common causes of injuries, and take steps to avoid them.
Trips, Slips and Falls

Trips and falls are a common hazard, but you can easily avoid them by following these few simple tips.
  • Keep your gear stowed and appropriately secured.
  • Always watch for possible trip or slip hazards (especially in wet storage areas).
  • Hold on to something solid when moving about the boat, particularly while under way, remembering the "three-points-of-contact" rule.
  • Heed the crew's instructions and safety warnings about the boat, and don't be afraid to ask questions. A good boat crew should be happy to answer safety concerns and help you have a comfortable experience.
Sun Exposure
For liveaboard experiences or long day trips, you might be out in the sun for several hours before or after your dive, so it is important to consider adequate sun protection. Wearing hats and ultraviolet-rated clothing and properly applying reef-safe sunscreen will help you avoid painful or dangerous sunburns.
Transom Hazards
When you are ready to get in the water, your mental checklist should include reminders about possible dangers near the transom.
  • Try to minimize the time spent near the transom before entering the water as exhaust fumes can make you feel lethargic or nauseated.
  • Hinges on ladders can cause severe pinches or even the loss of a fingertip when raising or lowering a ladder.
  • Outboard propellers can inflict potentially serious injuries.
Proactive Approach
If something looks or feels unsafe, stop what you are doing and inform your fellow divers or the boat crew. Never feel bad about stopping or delaying a dive — you might be saving yourself or someone else on board from a serious injury.

© Alert Diver — Q2 Spring 2018