Diving is an adventurous activity and does carry a degree of risk. That risk can be well managed by being well prepared for your dives. As with all adventurous outdoor activities, you must consider all safety-related issues and all equipment issues—good and potentially bad. In addition, you need to be well prepared mentally and physically for the activity.
The following are a few considerations when planning a dive.
- Equipment readiness and appropriateness
- Dive site selection and conditions on dive day
- Dive buddy selection (Open Water 20 program)
- Logistics of the dive
- Entry and exit points at the site
- Additional potential hazards when diving from boats
- Diving together and staying together
- Adequate exposure protection