Want to go scuba diving? Here's what you need to know - Femina
Photo: mihtiander/123RFAs wonderful as scuba diving is to experience, it does have physiological effects on your body. Diving puts pressure on your body and this pressure increases with depth. As you stay underwater for a certain period of time, some amount of nitrogen from the air is bound to dissolve in the water in your body, and, if you swim too quickly to the surface, the release of the gas can result in an extremely painful situation called decompression sickness, or ‘the bends’, which can be fatal. This can be avoided if you follow the instructions given to you during your training, so it is important to stick to the guidelines. Always get a doctor’s clearance before you dive and a thorough check-up if you suffer from diabetes or high blood pressure, or if you are pregnant.After all, good training, good equipment and good execution are the key to a great scuba dive.
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