Is scuba diving safe for you? (Part 1)

Referring to the sport of scuba diving, many people are afraid to try this sport. But in fact this sport is dangerous as many people think or not, let us find out about the level of risk it is.

1. Are you likely to be injured while diving?

Snorkelling is loved by thousands of people around the world every day and is considered a low-risk activity compared to many other outdoor sports activities – even popular activities like swimming, jogging and field biking Figure also had a higher mortality than the reported diving.

The most popular medical problems associated with scuba diving are dehydration, seasickness, and sunburn. In fact, very few injuries require any kind of medical care related to diving. On average, there are only 1092 scuba-related emergency hospitalizations in the US each year.

Compared to other popular sports activities, the average annual number of ER registrations in the US is:

Diving – 1,092 / year

Skiing – 4,438 / year

Bowling – 19,802 / year

Volleyball – 57,303 / year

Fishing – 170,216 / year

friends scuba dive together in the sea

2. Does anyone die while scuba diving?

Unfortunately it. There are inherent risks in diving that can never be completely eliminated, it is like other activities in the natural environment, However, with proper training and when following sound diving methods, the likelihood of a fatal accident is low – in the US, only 50 divers were reported in 2014 (last year). data available). With an estimated diver population of 3 million, the 2014 diver mortality study, published by Divers Alert Network (DAN), reported a mortality of around 2 per 100,000 participants, This appears to be relatively stable over time. with other popular sports:

– Jogging (13 per 100,000 participants)

– Swimming (6 per 100,000 participants)

Horse riding (128 deaths per 100,000 participants estimated)

Taking into account the diving deaths, about 45% of those deaths from diving are due to a health-related event and about 25% related to a heart event, mainly among workers. Most recent annual DAN * scuba diving report, Elderly, heavier divers with a pre-existing blood pressure or blood pressure condition have a higher risk of death while scuba diving compared to the younger, healthier dives. 55% of male victims and 54% of female victims aged 50 and over.