COVID- 19 and The Future of Scuba Diving
How to Approach the Pandemic
It will please some of you to know that I almost titled this article ‘What about my Bucket list? ‘, In these trying times we don’t give up but adapt to new ways. So, we will be looking at how the approach of Scuba diving will change after the pandemic.
As we all sit cooped up at home dreaming about our next underwater adventure this might spice up the appetite to get back underwater as soon as possible https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OnvQggy3Ezw
A lot of people are thinking about how not to get infected from covid-19 and if we follow guidelines and take precautions there is no need to worry.
- According to DAN, divers should sanitize equipment (following the manufacturer’s recommendations) in a 10% bleach solution. This is especially important for masks, snorkels, whistles, orally inflated SMBs, BCD oral inflators and certain sections of regulators.
- Use defog solution instead of saliva on your mask prior to entering the water. This may reduce the risk of cross contamination.
- For buddy checks and air sharing training exercises, do not use the same mouthpiece as your dive buddy unless it’s an emergency situation. Your PADI Instructor will have additional training accommodations during these times.
- Disinfect all rental equipment before use.
- Carry disinfectant solution in your dive bag in case any other situations arise.
- Always keep your diving certifications and DAN dive insurance up to date. Carry your certification cards and insurance information with you.
- Always follow the safety guidance of your dive shop, liveaboard or dive resort, and only ever dive with a reputable operator that meets your safety expectations. If you have questions or concerns, talk with them about what they are doing to help keep divers safe during these times.
So as we sit at home and slowly start feeling more and more like the Grinch, rather start planning your next diving destination to de stress, or start planning your next course.
The Diving community is working together to apply new standards to eradicate the possibility of contracting Covid-19 thru diving.
It is recommended that:
- Divers who have had symptomatic COVID-19, wait a minimum of TWO months, preferable three, before resuming their diving activity.
- That divers who have tested positive for COVID-19 but have remained completely asymptomatic, wait ONE month before resuming diving.
- Divers who have never had symptoms and have not been tested (who either have not been infected or have had the infection completely asymptomatic) may not have developed immunity against the disease (currently, serological tests are not widely available and do not confirm with 100% certainty a sufficient level of immunity). Therefore, they may still be infected by other divers and would need to observe a waiting period after the release of the confinement period. The duration of this waiting period may be variable depending on the local situation (type of diving, location and local organisation).
- Divers and dive centres should observe strictly the guidelines for disinfection of diving gear (as issued by the diving Federations and DAN Europe)
At Divewise we are working hard together to follow all guidelines suggested by professionals regarding Covid-19, and there for taking the necessary steps in preventing the spread or possibility of contracting covid-19 when diving.
If you would like to know more about when diving will resume at Divewise and Malta feel free to get in touch or book your next course.