Dental surgeon Mickel Malek has more than 30 years of experience helping his patients care for their smiles. Throughout his career, he has published manuscripts on reconstruction and implantology and has been a featured speaker on numerous dental topics. In his leisure time, Dr. Mickel Malek enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including scuba diving.
Scuba diving is an exciting and rewarding leisure activity that provides individuals the opportunity to see the wonders of beneath-the-surface aquatic wildlife. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when diving for the first time. Here are two important tips for beginners taking up scuba diving.
For most people, the instinct to hold one’s breath is strong when submerged beneath the water. While it may seem counterintuitive, holding the breath is actually detrimental to the scuba diving process. It can lead to erratic breathing patterns and can, in some cases, result in injury to the lungs. Rather than holding the breath, divers should focus on breathing in a slow, consistent, and relaxed manner, fully inhaling and exhaling with each breath.
Perhaps the cardinal rule of scuba diving, however, is to never dive without a partner. Best practices dictate that partners should never stray more than ten feet away from one another. It’s also important to regularly check in with one another using hand signals, such as the “okay” sign. It is not hyperbole to say that diving with a partner can literally save one’s life if something should go awry.