Unfamiliar with Environment

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Unfamiliar Environment - Scuba Diving Accident

Every dive site has its own unique characteristics that bear upon the safety of the dive.  A comprehensive dive briefing by the master or instructor for the dive is essential. The nature and extent of the briefing depends on the characteristics of the dive site.  For example, a dive to 70 feet in the clear, warm waters in the Caribbean can be a fairly easy and nonthreatening experience for a competently trained diver.  On the other hand, a 70 foot dive in a cold, dark lake is quite a different matter and is substantially more dangerous.  In addition to poor visibility, the narcotic effect of nitrogen would be enhanced even at the relatively shallow depth of 70 feet in a cold, dark environment.  Suppose the lake diver encounters monofilament line and becomes entangled at 70 feet in the dark and cold.  This can be an extremely dangerous situation.

Familiarity with the anticipated conditions and environment are critical.  If the diver had anticipated an abundance of monofilament line in the low visibility environment, it might have been prudent not to even make the dive.  It certainly would have been prudent to carry shears capable of cutting the line.  The same holds true for diving in situations where there are strong currents, downdrafts, debris and a host of other factors that bear upon the safety of a particular dive.  In order to safely dive a particular location, the location must be known or at least adequately described to the diver so that site specific precautions and equipment can be employed to reduce the anticipated dangers.

Far too often, commercial operators and even instructors anxious to complete the certification process unnecessarily subject divers to environmental risks or fail to thoroughly brief the divers.  We can help you find out what went wrong.  To speak with a scuba lawyer, please call toll free 1-877-266-3694, Ext. 1013 or  Find Out If You Have A Case?