Safety Stops.

Safe surfacing procedures, including safety stops, are an essential component in scuba diver's skill set.

Allowing for a safety stop on all dives greatly reduces a diver's risk of medical complications resulting from dissolved gases in the bloodstream during the event and the long-term consequences of build up these gases during a lifetime of diving.

New Zealand Underwater advises planning for a least one three-metre safety stop on all dives, and as many more as are required by the technical details of a dive.

A three-metre safety stop also allows the opportunity to look up and listen for any approaching boats.  

Note: Breath-hold divers do not have the luxury of a three-metre safety stop so always ensure an observer can wave a dive flag at any approaching vessel.

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