Eight Simple COVID-19 Risk Reduction Steps for Divers

Scuba diving in Zanzibar with the local PADI Dive Resort FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR in Nungwi. Eight Simple COVID-19 Risk Reduction Steps for Divers.
FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR
June 17, 2020
COVID-19 Updates | Diving

Get familiar with the new PADI etiquette for divers to reduce the COVID-19 risk

Our local PADI Dive Resort FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR in Nungwi, is giving the health and safety of staff and customers top priority. Let’s remember these eight simple PADI steps we introduce you here to keep us all safe.

Scuba diving in Zanzibar with the local PADI Dive Resort FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR in Nungwi. Eight Simple COVID-19 Risk Reduction Steps for Divers.

COVID-19 primarily spreads by inhaling small droplets ex­haled by an infected person (respiratory transmission), and by touching the eyes, nose and/or mouth after touch­ing something an infected person touched or sneezed/coughed on (contact transmission). By staying aware of both, risk-reduction is usually straightforward. Keeping things simple usually works well.

Scuba diving in Zanzibar with the local PADI Dive Resort FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR in Nungwi. Eight Simple COVID-19 Risk Reduction Steps for Divers.

Padi Step 1

Don’t go diving if you have or may have (symptoms), or have been exposed to any infectious disease. Isolate until healthy and clear accord­ing to medical advice.

Padi Step 2

Support the space program. On the surface and out of the water, apply social distancing and give each other the local minimum required separation.

Scuba diving in Zanzibar with the local PADI Dive Resort FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR in Nungwi. Eight Simple COVID-19 Risk Reduction Steps for Divers.

Padi Step 3

Keep your dirty mitts off! Sanitize/wash your hands before and after touching any dive gear (including your own), even if touching was in/underwater. Don’t touch someone else’s gear unless absolutely necessary. lt’s not clear that im­mersion reduces COVID-19 contact risk, so assume that it doesn’t. Note: Rec­ommended hand sanitizers are 60%+ alcohol and highly flammable. Do not use hand sanitizer near oxygen nor a fire source. Be sure hands are fully dried before using either.

Padi Step 4

Don’t clam up: Medical mask etiquette. My mask helps protect you. Your mask helps protect me. Let’s follow local protocols and not be shellfish.

Scuba diving in Zanzibar with the local PADI Dive Resort FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR in Nungwi. Eight Simple COVID-19 Risk Reduction Steps for Divers.

Padi Step 5

COVID-19 hates scuba. Your mask reduces eyes and nose contact-risk, and keeping it on is the best habit whenever you’re in the water anyway. Breathing from a regulator reduces your respiration transmission risk.

Padi Step 6

Be a lean, clean, sanitary machine. Use defog. Disinfect masks, snorkels, regulators and BCDs before another person uses them, and before storing them. Don’t sling the … stuff … out of your mask after a dive. Rinse it some­where appropriately. Avoid spitting/blowing nose etc. into the water where others will be/are. Use tissues and discard them appropriately. Wash/sanitize your hands after touching high contact surfaces like railings, door pulls, safety handles, etc.

Scuba diving in Zanzibar with the local PADI Dive Resort FUN DIVERS ZANZIBAR in Nungwi. Eight Simple COVID-19 Risk Reduction Steps for Divers.

Padi Step 7

Sharing air is bad. At the surface. Diving, dive gear and wind affect the direction and distance our exhalations travel. Stay aware and avoid being on, and having someone on, the “receiving end” when clearing snorkels, breathing hard after freediving, etc. Regulator-breathing helps protect you, but your ex­halations might affect someone who’s too close and not using a regulator.

Padi Step 8

But sharing air might be really important underwater. So, don’t test breathe your alternate second stage. Test purge it during checks, but leave it disin­fected in case someone needs it. Or, test breathe it, then redisinfect it.

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