Bermuda has many WRECKS & Marine areas, which
provide great opportunities for snorkelling and
Experiencing the underwater environment is fun,
but there are a few safety tips which make it
safer for everyone.
Learn to dive from a professional
instructor, and if you haven't dived for a
while, take a refresher course.
Never dive alone. Always dive with a buddy.
Check and service your equipment regularly.
Always use a dive flag.
most divers return from the deep without any
problems, a small percentage have accidents.
Recognizing an emergency situation early on is
vital and gives a troubled diver their best
Hypothermia can be prevented
Anyone can suffer from hypothermia, but it is
preventable if you don't take risk.
Hypothermia, the condition which occurs when the
body's internal or core temperature drops below
the normal 35 degrees Celsius, has many
contributing causes - chief among them being in
or near water.
Its signs and symptoms, however vary according
to the degree of body cooling. In mild
hypothermia, the person will initially feel cool
and start shivering. They might be clumsy and
appear uncoordinated, even becoming irrational
and confused. Often they will deny that there is
If cooling continues, people will eventually
lose consciousness, collapse and die. The
condition is avoidable, usually by following a
few simple rules.
Always wear suitable clothing when in or near
the water to minimise body heat loss - a wetsuit
when snorkelling, for example. Wearing a hat is
important too, because up to one-third of the
body's heat can be lost from the head. Hunger
and fatigue increase the risk of hypothermia. So
If conditions are too rough - especially if the
wind is very strong - change your plans. There
will always be another day. And, finally, if you
or a member of your group is getting, cold, seek
shelter and wrap up warmly.