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Diving injuries: A few things you need to know

Does your job require you dive into the ocean, day in and day out? Is this something you enjoy? Are you concerned about the safety risks of your profession?

Deep-sea diving and scuba diving, either for business or pleasure, can be enjoyable. However, this doesn't mean that you can take your safety for granted. You are at risk of many injuries, so it's important to receive the appropriate training and to follow safety protocols at all times.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Underwater pressure. Many people are injured as the result of changes in pressure. For example, the compression or expansion of gas-filled spaces in the body can result in serious injury, illness or even death.
  • Diving in cold water. In a perfect world, you'd never find yourself diving in cold water. Instead, the water would always be the perfect temperature. You know that this isn't likely to be the case, so you have to prepare accordingly. Diving in cold water can lead to low body temperature, thus triggering heartbeat irregularities, among a variety of other concerns.
  • Drowning. Even if you're an experienced diver, there's always a risk of drowning, so it's imperative to plan your dive thoroughly.
  • Heat disorders and sunburn. To avoid both of these potential hazards, make sure you're wearing the appropriate gear at all times.
  • Panic. If you find yourself in a bad situation, it's easy to panic. Subsequently, your situation worsens and you find yourself worried what will come next. With the right training, it's much easier to avoid panic and move yourself to safety.

It doesn't matter how much experience you have as a diver, there's no way of knowing if something bad will happen when you next hit the water.

In the event of a diving injury or illness, you need to receive immediate medical attention. You shouldn't wait to seek help, as the sooner you do this the better chance there is of making a full recovery.

From there, learn more about what went wrong with also focusing on your legal rights and the protections available to you.

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