Do you want to go on an adventure with your family or friends? These days, there are a lot of places and activities that you can go to and do which will surely provide you with fun, entertainment and good memories. However, have you ever tried out scuba diving? After all, scuba diving is not just a fun activity, but it also provides opportunities for travel together with your friends or family. In addition to that, you will also have the opportunity to interact with the underwater environment closely.
More and more people are starting to tune into scuba diving as a recreational activity. Divers of all ages, diving experiences and athletic abilities try it out. There are a lot of first timers too. However, as much fun as it could be, you should also seriously consider the risks and health and fitness requirements for scuba diving first. Even though the fairly weightless underwater environment makes scuba diving look effortless, scuba diving really does require a lot of stamina and strength. So why is overall fitness important before you scuba dive? Here are some reasons why.
Is fitness really important when going scuba diving?
The answer to this question would be yes. If you are seriously considering scuba diving, you should keep in mind that diving conditions can vary. For instance, remember that weather and water conditions change from day to day, from dive to dive and sometimes, it can even abruptly change from when you first started to dive until the end. When this sudden change occurs, you would be required to swim and move through strong currents in order to reach your dive site again. You might even have to execute a long surface swim near the end of your dive.
Swimming through strong currents and executing a long surface swim requires strength and stamina. In fact, divers should really be prepared to perform different unforeseen vigorous physical tasks. In addition to being physically fit, you should not take any medications and you must not have a health condition that can cause you problems and difficulties as you dive. Also, if you are still a student currently learning to dive, you have to completely fill-out a medical history form first before you can get into the water. A complete medical check-up conducted by a physician is not always required, but this depends on the scuba diving company you are using.
Honesty is the best policy. If you have any medical problems but are unsure whether it is relevant to diving or not, you still have to report it to the appropriate authorities. Scuba diving authorities/experts/guides will most likely advise you to get consent from your physician first. If your physician gives you the okay, then ask for a certificate and present it to your scuba diving guide. If you have been prohibited from going, do not be hard-headed. Remember, your doctor knows best.
What are medical conditions that can prevent scuba diving?
If you have the flu or a cold, you might think that it is just a minor illness and will not hinder you from scuba diving. However, you are very wrong. The fact of the matter is the flu or a cold really restrict your scuba diving activities. This is because when you have a cold or flu, there will be a blockage or swelling in your Eustachian tubes or in your sinuses. With the water pressure underwater, this blockage or swelling can prevent the suitable equalization of your air spaces.
In addition to that, if you have any injuries in your muscles or joints, or experience any medical conditions in those areas (arthritis, sprains, dislocations, etc.) your ability to dive and maneuver through the water will be reduced. Also, you will be more exposed to decompression illness. For that reason, it would be best if you cancelled any scuba diving plans until your muscles or joints are fully healed.
Enjoy your scuba diving!
Scuba diving is definitely a fun recreational activity. Anyone and everyone who is physically fit and is in good health can enjoy it for as long as they want. In order to maximize the fun you get when scuba diving, make sure to practice injury and disease prevention. Also, make sure to involve yourself in a program for health maintenance. Here are some healthcare tips you should keep in mind before scuba diving:
- Exercise regularly. You can exercise by simply walking around, jogging, or you can even do Zumba every once in a while.
- Make sure that you are well-nourished and well-rested before scuba diving.
- Make sure to regularly see your physician for checkups.
- Make sure that you are using the appropriate protection gear and equipment.
- Plan your scuba diving activity weeks, or even months ahead. This will prevent you from getting stressed about it and gives you enough time to become fit enough for the dive.