Divers, whenever there is opportunity will surely go for a dive. After all, one puts precious time, effort, money, equipment and everything else in planning a dive. When everything is planned, paid up, and set to go, the diving trip will suddenly get rained out. So what do you do?
Getting rained out during a diving trip is one of the worst if not disappointing situation a diver can encounter. Getting rained out above the surface is obviously not too much of a bother for a diver but the case is entirely different under the surface, ( except for cases of thunder storm and lightning). In the event of rains caused by a stormy weather, the environment under water can be harsh for divers. The sea can be challenging for a boat to navigate due to the waves, plus visibility and underwater current can deter any diver from a safe dive.
In this kind of situation it is ultimately better for a diver to prioritise safety above everything else. Rains can provoke a go/no go situation. Remember that there are risks involved when a diver decides to push a diving trip despite rains. We have listed some:
- Big waves equate to greater chance of seasickness.
- Smaller boats can be harder to manage during a storm.
- There is a bigger risk of injury due to abrasion against rocks or reefs on shallow waters.
- Surfacing from a dive can be dangerous when one approaches the ladder of the boat because the waves can throw you out.
However one prepares for a diving trip, even being diligent on checking the weather forecast can’t surmount to absolute safety when going against the risks involved. Bottom line is to dive smart. Know your level of expertise in navigating rough sea water when you decide to push for a dive when you get rained out.