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The news of divers missing in Johor in recent days has some people doubting the safety of scuba diving.
It worried more people, especially parents, when 14-year-old diver Nathen Renze Chester did not survive the ordeal after floating in the sea for days.
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Malaysian TV personality, Daphne Iking, shared on Instagram that her family started scuba diving despite knowing the potential risks of the extreme sport.
His daughter Iman Daniella recently completed her Professional Association of Diving Instructors (PADI) Junior Open Water in December last year, while Iman’s older sister Isobel Daniella completed the course there. five years.
Iking said she had an in-depth discussion with her husband, Azmi Abdul Rahman, before enrolling their children in the junior open water course.
She added that choosing a competent dive instructor and a dive center plays a crucial role in ensuring safety.
It’s important to choose instructors who don’t take shortcuts or push students who aren’t ready or comfortable.
As such, his family has already flown back to Sabah just so they can be trained by a trusted dive instructor.
She doesn’t give up diving
Iking, who has logged over 100 dives, also shared that even adults have problems underwater.
There was a time when her mask fell underwater and she lost control of her breathing. She became disoriented so she made an emergency ascent.
She lost her confidence and self-esteem after the experience. However, she returned for the second dive to face her fears and loved scuba diving.
While the case cast doubt on whether they should go on a family dive together, Iking said she wouldn’t give up diving.
Iking said it was a timely reminder to be mindful, respect our surroundings and never relax on security checks.
What to do when you are in difficulty in the water?
Since there’s no way to fight strong currents, Project Life Aquatic has shared some helpful tips that might come in handy when you’re caught in a bad spot:
- Don’t try to swim against the current. Follow the Japanese uitemate technique also known as the “float and follow” technique. This technique involves floating face up in a spread eagle waiting for help. According to Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)this technique helps prevent drowning.
- If you are wearing a life jacket or snorkel gear, use the attached whistle to call for help.
- Make sure your body temperature is controlled all the time. Do not remove clothing and equipment such as fins and shoes on your person.
- Do not drink seawater as the salt content will cause dehydration. If you are thirsty, drinking rainwater is a safer option.
- Stay together and do your best not to get separated from each other in the water.