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Is Recreational Scuba Diving Dangerous?

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Is Recreational Scuba Diving Dangerous?

This is a question that a lot of people ask, and it’s a valid question. After all, you are diving into an unknown and potentially dangerous environment. But the truth is, with the proper training and precautions, scuba diving can be a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone.

In order to answer this question, it’s important to first understand what recreational scuba diving is. Recreational scuba diving is simply diving for pleasure, rather than for occupational or scientific purposes. It’s a wonderful way to explore the world below the surface and see things that you can’t see anywhere else.

Scuba diving is an activity that is enjoyed by thousands of people around the globe each and every day and when compared to many other outdoor and sporting activities, is considered a safe and low-risk venture. Even such widespread activities as swimming, fishing, and horseback riding have higher reported fatality rates than diving.

That is why it is crucial to take a scuba diving course from a well-known training organization such as PADI. Training agencies are one significant difference between diving and most other sports and is the most significant contributor to the safety record of scuba diving. There is a direct correlation between the popularity of training agencies and the safety record of scuba diving.

Some of the biggest dangers associated with recreational scuba diving include:

  • Drowning
  • Decompression sickness
  • Lung overexpansion
  • Ear barotrauma
  • Marine life hazards

There are many reasons why this may occur, such as equipment failure, faulty dive planning, or ascending too rapidly. However, in most cases, divers can avoid these issues by following safe and correct diving practices which they are taught during the certification process.

What about Sharks?

Each year, dogs, snakes, crocodiles, and even hippos kill more people than sharks. In Australia we average of ten horse-related deaths each year compared to two shark-related fatalities. In Sydney there is one Shark related fatality every sixty years.


There is no questioning the fact that recreational scuba diving can be hazardous. After all, you're diving into the ocean, an uncharted and potentially dangerous environment. However, with the proper instruction and preparation, you can reduce your risk of injury or death. When compared to most other adventure sports, your scuba training makes diving significantly safer.