One of the most dangerous thing when you are diving is not just being in contact with poisonous creatures, but also panic. Panic is one of the major cause of death for scuba divers. This panic attack is the reason why divers were drowning and were unlikely to survive. According to DAN report, 3,300 out of 12,000 divers reported one panic episode. In different survey, it was mentioned that 50% divers have already experienced near panic or panic episode. Learn what may have caused this to happen and how to prevent or detect this attack.
Your gears are not tested underwater – when you buy your diving gears make sure that you have personally tested them underwater or in a swimming pool before going adventurous. You never know if your brand new gears are not working until you truly wear them. When something is not working, you will be in a panic stage. And if you don’t know how to deal with it, it can be really dangerous. Don’t trust the brand, try it out.
Oxygen supply is not checked properly – Your oxygen tank should be 100% before you dive. If by any chance your oxygen level is not in the level that you want it to be, make sure that you let other divers aware of your situation. Before you dive in, make sure that there is no leakage and that it functions properly. All these checks are important since not knowing your oxygen supply level before you dive will make the panic attack even worse down there.
No clue about any tools – Make sure you can locate the anchor line anytime. If your oxygen supply is decreasing, taking the time to find the anchor line will make you even more panic. Be sure that you know where everything is located.
Although there are signs of panic attack, these conditions are not observable underwater. Irritability, rapid breathing, rapid heart rate, muscle tension, headache, tremors, sweating, feeling out of controls are not visible when you are diving. If you observed another divers air bubbles are not normal, there might be a problem with it. If these divers are looking around them in an unusual manner, check out what happen, and immediately assist should things are not okay.