Safe diving: Dr Della Torre’s advice

With the arrival of summer, there are a lot of divers that perform diving and it is important to do it in safety.

Indeed, there are two very important topics to deal with, that is safety and physical wellbeing for a correct and safe diving. Keeping a good physical condition doesn’t only need to be a seasonal thought. We don’t mean that divers need to be excellent athletes with a perfect body, but they do need to know that maintaining a good physical condition is a continuing duty for those who want to dedicate themselves to the discovery of the ocean’s beauty.

safe divingDuring the past years, the diver mainly gave custody of his security to the diving equipment. These tools are more and more cutting edge and performing. They need to be perfectly maintained and they are helpful, although they are not everything. We have recently understood that the diver’s physical condition is extremely important.

There are some body’s conditions that we cannot change, for example, age or the presence of the right-to-left shunt (PFO) that can expose ourselves to the risk of being affected by decompression diseases. Instead, other parameters can be easily managed; therefore it is important to keep them within certain limits to favour a good diving.

Great attention must be paid to the urines’ acidity and the specific weight (index of a good hydration and of a correct nutrition), to the cholesterol and the triglycerides in excess (dyslipidaemia) and to the potential overweight (Body Mass Index and abdomen circumference).

A safe and correct lifestyle is a valid help and it is fundamental to ensure safe diving. Therefore, nutrition, the constant and moderate physical activity (minimum 2-3 hours per week) and abstinence from smoking are extremely important.

Finally, it is always advisable to undergo a suitability test before starting to dive.

The exams that are normally carried out by the underwater doctor are:

  • Spirometry
  • Audiometry
  • ECG at rest and after exercise
  • Otoscope
  • Physical examination

Now you just need to dive. Please, remember to dive in safety. Have a nice diving!

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