Many young people choose to go on a gap year abroad before or after university and travel the world and see new sights. Many popular gap year destinations, such as Australia, Thailand and Fiji offer incredible opportunities for diving and this is a highlight or many travellers. If you’re looking forward to learning how to dive or you’re an experienced diver who can’t wait to discover sea life in different parts of the world, here are 5 top tips to keep you safe and prevent travel accidents:
- Dive where you feel comfortable: It’s important to plan your dive in line with your level of expertise and experience. If you’re a complete beginner, you will need to complete training to ensure that you understand how to use the equipment properly, where to dive and how to plan your dive in advance. If you’re more experienced, you will still need to be aware of your limits and avoid potentially dangerous dive sites, which may result in a holiday accident.
- Never try and hold your breath: This is the golden rule of diving and one that should always be obeyed. If you try to hold your breath, the air in your lungs will start to expand and without an exit route from the lungs, the air will cause the alveoli located in the walls of the lungs to collapse.
- Learn what to do if you get into trouble: If you find yourself in a dangerous situation, it’s important to know how to react. Listen carefully in safety briefings so that you know what to do in an emergency abroad and stay close to your instructor and the rest of the group.
- Never dive alone: It’s important to have a diving buddy with you at all times, even if you have expertise in diving and you have a solo diver certificate. By diving alongside somebody, you reduce your risk of sustaining injuries overseas or getting involved in a potentially dangerous situation.
- Practise ascending: When you’re diving and you’ve been underwater for a long time, coming up too quickly can be dangerous and lead to decompression. Decompression occurs when bubbles start to collect in your bloodstream.
What to do if you have an accident abroad
If you suffer an injury abroad or you’re involved in a road traffic accident, a diving accident or you slip, trip or fall, seek medical assistance and check the details of your travel insurance policy. It’s important to do some research and planning before you go abroad so that you are aware of the number for the emergency services and you know where the nearest health centres and hospitals are located. If you’ve been injured in a travel accident, which wasn’t your fault, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to find out about claiming travel accident compensation.
Date Published: April 27, 2015
Author: Accident Advice