When going on a scuba in Playa Del Carmen, it’s always a good idea to be familiar with emergency ascent techniques. Although rare, emergency situations do happen from time to time. So, what’s considered an “emergency ascent”? If you’re critically low on air (or out of air), or your air regulator has malfunctioned, or if you’ve become injured, you’ll want to get to the surface as quickly as possible. Otherwise, you could risk permanent injury or death. Let’s take a look at four emergency ascents that you should know when scuba diving.
4. Alternate Air Source Ascent
This is when the diver ascends at a normal rate, but while sharing another diver’s air source. This is a great emergency ascent procedure because it provides the diver with the ability to ascend towards the surface at a normal rate. Remember that ascending during a scuba in Playa Del Carmen too quickly could lead to decompression sickness. So if possible, use this emergency ascent strategy to ensure that you rise at a reasonable rate.
3. Emergency Swimming Ascent
This is when the diver ascends as quickly as possible without a working regulator. This emergency ascent technique is ranked third because it doesn’t put another diver’s air source in the mix. Remember to keep the regulator in your mouth as you ascend to prevent yourself from accidentally inhaling water (this is rare but it happens).
2. Buoyancy Emergency Ascent
This is when the diver ascends alone by dropping his or her weights, followed by floating to the surface. The reason this is called an “emergency” ascent is because it exceeds the safe ascent rate recommended for divers. Remember that since you’re ascending at an exceptionally fast rate, you’ll want to do your best to avoid experiencing physical trauma by coming into contact with a boat.
1. Buddy Breathing Ascent
This is different from the alternate air source ascent because instead of sharing an air source, you and another diver are taking turns using it. As you can already guess, this is much more dangerous, so getting to the surface as quickly as possible is key. This technique involves a great deal of skill when performed during a scuba in Playa Del Carmen.
While it’s ranked number one on this list it should be your last resort. You should try to ascend as quickly as possible using the other techniques mentioned above, but if you can’t, you’ll need to rely on the buddy breathing ascent strategy. It relies on stress management and coordination amongst team members, which is why it can be challenging. However, once mastered, it’s a nice tool to have in your skill database.
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