Dive Planning &
Wanting to plan
your diving. ABYSS Diving is the best place to find available Dive
Planning aids from Dive computers, to Dive Planning software for your
computer, as well as the Buhlmann tables.
A dive begins, not when the diver enters the water, but days to
hours before the time, when the intention to dive is conceived. From that
time on, the diver must progress through a logical sequence of planning.
The greater the complexity of the dive, the longer and more thorough the period
and detail of planning. The safety of a dive relates directly to how well
it was planned. This allows no room for complacency or tardiness, no
matter how routine or minor the nature of the dive.
Correct dive planning will make your diving more enjoyable and
rewarding. Problems that may arise unexpectedly during a dive will be more
easily managed, because all possible eventualities have already been run through
mentally and solutions planned.
Every dive must be regarded as a new dive with new
experiences, no matter how familiar the location or conditions. No two
dives will ever be the same
When planning a dive, here are a couple of key point to
- Pre-dive planning: This is
performed from when the intention to dive is conveived
You can never gather to much information about the dive site, climates,
temperatures, tides, winds, currents, depth, dangerous marine animals
& boat traffic.
Depending on the dive you are preparing to undertake, ensure that you
have all the correct and neaded equipment to perform the dive in a safe
manner, such as torches, compasses, ropes, Buoys, Demand valves, Boats,
Four-wheel-drive vehicles,oxygen cylinders, helmets, scuba cylinders and
Make sure you have the right persons to assist you in perfoming the
planned dive, as in accordance with the complexity of the dive, such as:
Dive boat skipper, Dive master, Medical personnel, compressor operators
navigators, instructors, standy divers and snorkelers, chamber
Ensure that a person, or persons, are aware of the planned dive
including the planned return time. Ensure that they have access to:
Emergency telephone numbers, transportation, evacuation routes, first
aid equipment, oxygen cylinders, available rescue skills, emergency
personnel such as paramedics.
Ensure that you are able to pay, where applicable, for the amount of
backup and equipment that you may need. Are you covered by
insurance for the cost of rescue and treatment due to diving-related
- Pre-dive routine: This is
performed moments prior to undertaking the dive
- Site survey.
The imediate dive site and prevaling physical conditions are examined to
evaluate execution and safety of the intended dive under the prevalling
- Emergency procedures.
Ensure that the is access to: first aid kit, emergency telephone
numbers, evacuation routes, oxygen cylinders, standby divers,
emergency/medical trained divers, location of nearest compression
- Dive activity.
The procedure to be followed during the dive in discussion, and cover
points such as: entering the water, descent, where divers will meet
under the water, buddy pairs, dive master appointment, time of dive,
surfacing procedures, decompression stops and intervals, lost
diver/buddy signals, general dive signals.
- Equipment check. Check
that your equipment is functioning correctly, such as: ABLJ/BC inflates
and releases correclty, DV or DV's and Octo are functioning correctly.
- Air. Check
that you have adequate air to perform the required dive. Check that the
gauge is functioning.
- Gear & Buddy
check. Check all gear, including weight belt, tank
release, strap check, power inflator, and air capacity checked by your
Dive planning must also take into consideration special conditions and
types of diving, including wreck diving, night diving, cave diving, deep diving,
drift diving, navigational diving, search diving and Cave diving. Do ensure that
you hold the required skill level before undertaking any speciality diving.
We shall endevour to provide acurate information where ever possible, but cannot accept resposibility for accidents or injuries caused when using the material presented on this site.