Read the following information in its entirety to understand more about SCUBA Diving and Snorkeling equipment, its use may cause serious personal injury or death.
The use of "Common Sense" is one of the most important things that we use on a daily basis to help us prevent injury or death to ourselves, our friends and/or family. When people don't use their "Common Sense" in extreme sports such as motor cross, skateboarding, skydiving, parasailing, bull riding, snorkeling and/or scuba diving they run a much higher risk of incurring personal injury or death. At no time is that more true and/or prevalent than when you use a product or equipment that can cause injury or death, when used improperly, incorrectly or without proper knowledge, training and skills. Most of the products on "CrazyScuba.com" are designed to be used in, under and around water. Water is a very unforgiving atmosphere for air breathing humans. If the products contained on this website are used improperly, incorrectly, without proper training, proper skills or the proper knowledge of how it is designed to perform, by a trained or untrained person, personal injury or death may occur.
We don't want that to happen!
We firmly believe to be a safe scuba diver and/or snorkeler that you must have the proper knowledge, training and skills, and that you must remain current and active in the sport of scuba diving and/or snorkeling. Following those guidelines and the ones listed below will help prevent most incidents and accidents from occurring in the first place. This list, is in no way complete-even in its entirety, nor is it a substitute for proper knowledge, training and skills that are required to be a safe scuba diver or snorkeler.
If you follow these steps before, during and after the use of any of these products/equipment, the products/equipment should function properly according to their design, performance capabilities and performance limitations.
Below is more detailed information on each subject mentioned above, including links to other sources of information on snorkeling and scuba diving.
You must receive Instruction and Certification in SCUBA diving from a Nationally Recognized Training Agency prior to the use of any SCUBA diving equipment or accessories. This requirement to become SCUBA Certified prior to the use of any SCUBA diving equipment or accessories is a standard held by all Scuba Diving shops, Dive resorts, Dive destinations, Dive boats, Nationally Recognized Training Agencies and many countries around the world, there is no US law that requires this. However, "Common Sense" does require this training, and your insurance company may or may not provide any benefits to you or your next of kin (if serious personal injury or death occurred while you were snorkeling or scuba diving). It makes "Common Sense" to receive proper training prior to participating in any sport that involves the use of "life-support equipment", especially in an environment as unforgiving as water.
Read the owner's manual completely before attempting to use any SCUBA or SNORKELING product/equipment. Reading the manual is not a substitute for proper training and/or skill development with that product/equipment.
Be trained in the gear you purchase. If you are currently a certified scuba diver/snorkeler, seek additional training when you receive your new equipment. The equipment you used during your training and the equipment that you purchase after that training may differ greatly. Even though they carry the same generic name (i.e. a regulator is a generic term for an air delivery system), regulators from different manufacturers may function totally differently and training is required to be familiar with those differences.
Many types of diving such as, Cold Water Diving and Ice Diving require specialized training and equipment specifically marked, designed, manufactured and maintained for its use in those specific types of diving.
Nitrox, Enriched Air Diving or any type of mixed gas diving requires specialized training and equipment that is specifically marked, designed, manufactured and maintained for its dedicated use in those specific types of diving.
If you're currently involved in a SCUBA/SNORKELING Certification Training Program, purchasing the scuba/snorkeling equipment and accessories that you will be training in and diving in once you are a certified scuba diver/snorkeler makes "Common Sense". Being trained by the scuba/snorkeling instructor while you are in your own personal equipment allows you to become familiar with how the equipment is designed, it's adjustments for proper fit, it’s performance capabilities or limitations, it's function, how it is to be used properly or what limits the product/equipment may have while under the direct supervision of your Scuba/Snorkeling Instructor.
Become familiar with the product/equipment first in a controlled environment such as a swimming pool before using it in an uncontrolled environment such as a lake or the ocean. In the controlled environment check for fit, make adjustments, learn performance capabilities, limitations and follow the equipments’ instruction manuals and your Nationally Recognized SCUBA/SNORKEL training manuals for general information on proper function and use.
Stay active and practiced in your skill proficiency as a scuba diver and/or snorkeler. All Nationally Recognized Training Agencies, Dive Shops, Dive Boats and Dive Resorts have programs designed to educate new divers, maintain your skill proficiency and or develop new skills that you may require to enjoy a dive or snorkel safely.
Before every SCUBA Dive or SNORKEL perform a complete pre-dive/snorkel inspection according to the procedure prescribed in the equipment's manual and according to the training you received as a scuba diver/snorkeler. If you find that any of your equipment is not functioning properly or is damaged, remove it from service until it can be serviced or repaired by an authorized dealer.
Properly maintain your product/equipment. Your product/equipment is used in one of the harshest environments on the planet Earth. Sun, sand and saltwater can have damaging effects on all products/equipment, especially when the product/equipment is not cared for properly. Always maintain your product/equipment according to the instruction manual and your scuba/snorkeling certification training manual and have your equipment serviced at least on an annual basis, if not more often, at an authorized service center.
Certain products/equipment require specialized training. Regulators, Buoyancy Control Devices, Alternate Air Sources (octopus, safe second), Dive Computers, Dive gauges, Scuba Tanks, Scuba Cylinders, high-pressure hoses, low-pressure hoses and all other Scuba diving equipment requires that an individual receive specialized training by a Nationally Recognized SCUBA/SNORKELING Training Agency to be able to use the equipment safely. To use this equipment without the proper SCUBA Diving or Snorkeling training may result in serious personal injury or death.
Dive Computers are designed to track, calculate and/or compute only one scuba divers’ personal dive information and therefore cannot be shared between two or more scuba divers. For two or more scuba divers to dive safely with Dive computers, each scuba diver must have his own personal diving computer.
"Common Sense" may save your life when snorkeling. Snorkeling is one of the world's most popular sports and people of all ages enjoy participating, yet it takes place in one of the most unforgiving atmospheres on the planet, water. Because this water is often found in the Caribbean surrounded by beautiful beaches and nice shallow coral reefs, people seem to leave their "Common Sense" behind. Maybe it's the sun, sand or the excitement of a new adventure, but all of the sudden people who can't swim start jumping into the water. The proper and safe use of SCUBA/SNORKELING equipment requires the ability to swim, proper training, proper health, proper fitness, practice and skill development in a controlled environment and the knowledge of how the equipment is designed to function. For you to use SCUBA/SNORKELING equipment safely and properly you must seek training from a Nationally Recognized SCUBA/SNORKELING Training Program.
Never rely upon flotation devices or toys to keep you afloat unless it is Coast Guard approved for that specific purpose.
Be in the proper health and physical fitness for the activity that you’re participating in. For more information see the Training Agencies listed below including Divers Alert Network.
Know your personal limitations and always scuba dive and/or snorkel within those personal limitations. Most incidents and accidents occur when someone exceeds their personal limitations, dive knowledge, dive skills and dive training. Always dive or snorkel within your personal limitations.
Acts of God and diving and SCUBA/SNORKELING in the real ocean: "CrazyScuba.com" and Risner Properties LLC is not responsible for weather, waves, currents (wind or tidal), or any acts of God, current, future or past. The water and all its forms whether in a lake, river, sea or ocean can be an unforgiving atmosphere for humans that breathe air. "CrazyScuba.com" and Risner Properties LLC are not responsible for the fact that humans cannot breathe water, stand on water or in some cases even swim. "CrazyScuba.com" and Risner Properties LLC are not responsible for your skills, training or your ability to use the products/equipment that you may purchase from our websites. We are also not responsible for the color of the sand on the beach, the visibility, or the temperature of the water. Please understand that all of these factors are all out of our control.
"Common Sense" has gotten you through life this far, so don't leave it behind now. As you have read in the information above, the use of almost all of the products on "CrazyScuba.com" and Risner Properties LLC, Inc. websites require:
Failure to become proficient in each of the areas listed on all the pages above only invites an accident to happen. Use your "Common Sense" and purchase your equipment far enough in advance so that you can accomplish all these requirements and become proficient in all the areas listed above.
Here are some great links to help you find out more information about the Nationally Recognized SCUBA/SNORKELING Training Agencies and other helpful information. Keep in mind training may be available at your resort, on board your cruise ship or available close to home prior to any of your vacation plans, but make sure you check out the agency to verify they provide safe, comfortable and quality training.
"Common Sense"- never leave home without it.
Links to web site with more information on snorkeling and scuba diving.
Divers Alert Network (DAN) www.diversalertnetwork.org
Written by Britt Ross