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    "If you've been injured through no fault of your own you could be entitled to compensation. If you're unsure if you could claim, I recommend you call Accident Advice Helpline."

    Esther Rantzen

    Why you should always safety check scuba equipment

    When it comes to activities on holiday, few are as capable of providing thrilling sights, stunning scenery and breath-taking memories as scuba diving.

    Plunging far below the surface of the sea will reveal a magical underwater kingdom, a living, breathing kaleidoscope of colour teeming with life. Scuba diving is far and away the best way of experiencing the stunning underwater environment, allowing you to get up close and personal with some of the most remarkable sights and creatures the natural world has to offer.

    Of course, it’s also vitally important that you do so safely. If something goes wrong with your scuba equipment whilst you are on the sea bed, things can get very serious, very quickly.

    How do you safety check scuba equipment?

    If, as is most likely, you are scuba diving on holiday with a company, then the responsibility to safety check scuba equipment lies with them. The safety checks will cover the following elements, along with several more:

    • The wetsuit is free of holes. This is essential for maintaining warmth for the entire period of the activity. It’s very easy to scratch a wetsuit on a rock so it’s important the suits are checked before and after each and every dive.
    • The pressure gauges are working. These relate to your breathing, so are obviously of paramount importance. You need to know the levels of oxygen in your tank and that the pressure levels are all OK in order to be able to focus on enjoying the surroundings.
    • All tubes and connections are watertight. The smallest nick in a breathing tube, or the tiniest problem with a connection, can spell disaster when you’re exploring along the sea bed. In order to scuba dive safely, you essentially have to create a normal land environment for your body whilst hundreds of feet below the surface of the water. It’s manufactured, and it relies on manufacturing of the highest possible quality.

    Claiming for a scuba diving accident

    If a safety check of scuba equipment is not done, and you are injured in an accident on holiday as a result, then you may be due some holiday compensation.

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    At Accident Advice Helpline, we have over 16 years’ experience in handling personal injury claims. Most are settled out of court and our lawyers work on a 100% no-win, no-fee* basis. Call us, 24/7, on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 if using a mobile.

    Date Published: February 23, 2017

    Author: Accident Advice

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