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Annual Deaths caused by Scuba Diving

Updated on July 22, 2012

For those interested in exploring underneath the Earth’s surface, scuba diving is the perfect recreation. Folks of all ages can become certified and explore many bountiful underwater regions all over the glorious coasts of North America. The certification process is affordable, simple, relatively quick, and taught by capable professionals that will equip you with the knowledge you need to avoid bad situations.

Overcome your Fears

People sometimes hear about scuba diving and think that it is a dangerous, unsanctioned event. As a result of movies like Jaws and Open Water, many people have an irrational fear of the ocean, and scuba diving in general. The truth is that scuba diving is an amazing, educational experience that is accessible to anyone that knows how to swim.


Know your Boundaries

Unfortunately, accidents do happen, and scuba divers sometimes find trouble, or even emergency situations. It is important to know that death can occur while scuba diving. The most common reason is a person going way too deep or way too far away from outlined boundaries. The air supply can and at some point will run out, and when a diver goes way too far out of their safety zone, nothing can be taken for granted. In this case, a little common sense can go a long way. Do not try to be adventurous to a point of risk.


Designated Dive Area

As was the case with the couple that was the focus of the aforementioned movie, straying too far away from a designated dive area can also present a risk of being unseen and possibly left behind by the boat that represents your lifeline back to reality. Again, a little common sense can go a long way.


Rough Seas

Other troubles that scuba divers experience include getting caught in unpredictably rough seas that can slam a diver into reefs or boats, or experiencing health issues such as cardiac arrest once they become submerged and subject to gravitational pressures.

Proper Training

Using sources including the American Academy of Family Physicians and the Diver’s Alert Network, it can be estimated that less than 100 annual worldwide deaths are attributed to scuba diving. Given that several thousand people go scuba diving in various locations around this planet on any given day, that number represents a small fraction of one-percent of people who embark on a scuba dive. The truth is, if a diver is properly trained, informed, and skilled, the chance of a mishap becomes very remote.

Diving Heaven

Proper scuba diving training cannot be overemphasized. In order for a person to feel comfortable in their surroundings, they need to understand them, and be able to move freely about them. Taking a basic scuba diving class will equip you with all of the knowledge you will need in order to feel comfortable in locations all over the world, such as the Maldives, which is an absolute scuba diving heaven. The Maldives are a cluster of tiny, beautiful islands off of the southern coast of India that can be easily accessed by any well known travel company, and will provide a scuba diver with images that simply cannot be seen anywhere else on Earth.


In short, scuba diving is like many endeavors in life- it may seem scary and unapproachable at first, but it is actually a very safe, controlled, and amazing experience, as long as you know what you’re doing.

Scuba Diving Maldives


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    • SAFlights profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from South Africa

      Hi Laura Ginn

      It is unfortunate that the coral reefs in the Maldives is deteriorating. Tropical islands have the best reefs in the world and Maldives is one of the top destinations. Therefore it is important to do anything we can to preserve this nature so that future generations have the opportunity to be able to experience the beauty of what we have today.

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      6 years ago

      Wow great photos! Diving is one of those things that I have been meaning to learn for many years and I'm glad now I finally manage to enroll for a scuba diving lesson.

    • Laura Ginn profile image

      Laura Ginn 

      7 years ago from UK

      Great hub! I heard that the Maldives will probably not still be around by the middle of this century too - hope it's not true but I would still love to check the diving out there if I get the chance!


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