Are you planning on going scuba diving during your summer sojourn this year? If so, you may want to consider some of the health and safety risks associated with this sport, to minimise the risk of sustaining holiday injuries.
By taking responsible steps before going scuba diving, you ensure that should you sustain an injury abroad, you are likely to be able to claim travel accident compensation on your return home.
The risks of going scuba diving
Before going scuba diving, it is important that you are aware of the risks involved. This awareness should act as a caution, providing you with the information you need to prevent scuba diving accidents.
Common dangers associated with going scuba diving include, but are not limited to:
- Barotrauma, a condition which causes injury specifically to the ears, but to other bodily tissues too, including the lungs, brain and eyes, due to change in air pressure
- Change in air pressure can also cause Arterial Gas Embolism, a condition of the lungs, in which the expansion of breathing gases cause the alveoli to rupture and leak oxygen into the bloodstream
- Hyperoxia, a fatal condition that lead to deep-water blackouts; occurs when too much oxygen enters the organs and tissues
- Injuries, such as poisoning, bites and stings, from contact with sea life
- Lacerations due to contact with underwater objects such as coral and rocks
Safely going scuba diving
If you do decide to go scuba diving during your time abroad, speak with your holiday representative, who will be able to recommend a local, certified scuba diving company.
Before you attempt to scuba dive, you must undergo a through induction as well as coaching in the sport. Do not partake in the sport until you are told it is safe to do so, and you have prepared sufficiently.
Never consider going scuba diving after consuming alcohol.
Claiming compensation for accidents abroad
If you have been injured abroad in a scuba diving accident through no fault of your own, you may be able to claim travel accident compensation for the harm and distress you have been made to endure.
Holiday accident claims can be complex, which is why, at Accident Advice Helpline, we offer a free initial consultation for all victims of personal injury.
For more information, and to receive your free initial consultation, speak with one of our specialist advisors today via our freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500, or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: August 1, 2016
Author: Accident Advice