What not to do When Scuba Diving
If you’re headed to do some world-renowned scuba diving at Waikiki Beach, you should know what you’re doing before you get there. While there are many rules that go with scuba diving, we’re going to cover the “don’ts” here so you know the inside scoop.
Don’t hire a dive organization that’s not certified with emergency plans in place that will help in the event of an emergency. Ask questions of any dive company you partner with before signing an agreement.
Don’t dive beyond your comfort zone. Hawaii is home to some of the deepest waters and the most magnificent lava tubes that go on for yards at a time. Establish your limits before hand and don’t go beyond them so you don’t find yourself in a dangerous situation. Resist the temptation to go along with other more experienced or daring divers if your gut is telling you not to.
Don’t neglect training in advanced diving environments prior to your excursion. Because Hawaii is the farthest land mass from any of the continents, surrounded by all that open ocean, the currents can get dangerous here very quickly. Not only that, but the current at the surface of the water may be calm, while the ones underneath may be extremely active. Don’t put yourself and your diving buddy in an unsafe or uncomfortable position by pretending you can handle more than you can.
Don’t feed the marine life. In fact, don’t interact with them at all if you can help it. There is a delicate balance within this fine ecosystem that should be maintained at all costs. Interrupting the marine life as they go about their business can actually change the way they act and behave. Feeding them could cause them to get sick or become dependent on food from humans. When you make aquatic creatures dependent on people for food, pity the poor sap who comes along one day without any food — you don’t want to know what might happen.
Don’t dive without being properly equipped. From signaling devices and flashlights to dive knives and surface markers, never go diving without throwing the proper safety equipment in the boat. You should also bring back-up oxygen and additional surface emergency equipment.
Don’t neglect to tell someone where you’ll be and when you’ll be back. Particularly when shore diving, always tell a friend your location, intentions and time frame. This way, someone will know where you are and will alert police if you don’t return by the estimated time.
Don’t touch the coral. It’s a living thing that’s in danger of extinction. If you touch it, you can alter the fragile ecosystem that exists under the water. Touching coral can kill it, so keep your hands to yourself.
Don’t take mementos. This includes shells. You may be taking a shell with a living animal inside, further endangering it, or you could be taking home a vacant shell that could be a home for a hermit crab or sea anemones.
If learning about Oahu’s ecosystem intrigues you, come along with us at Hoku Hawaii Tours on an Eco-Adventure Tour.