NASE Safe Diving Acknowledgment

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The NASE Safe Diving Acknowledgment is intended for use by NASE scuba instructors and dive operators to establish safe diving practices intended to increase dive safety. The acknowledgment also includes Six Rules for Safe Diving:

  1. Breathe continuously while on scuba: Do not skip breathe or hold your breath. Do not hyperventilate when breath-hold diving. Avoid overexertion while in and under water.
  2. Equalize early and often while descending: Never go deeper than you can comfortably equalize.
  3. Ascend slowly: Stay well within your dive computer's ascent rate and under no circumstances come up faster than 30 ft per minute. Always spend the last three to five minutes of every dive between 10-20 ft.
  4. Continuously monitor depth, time and pressure: Stay well within your planned limits for each. Establish a Minimum Gas Reserve (MGR — the point at which you must begin ascending) and stay well within the remaining Usable Gas.
  5. Do not overweight yourself: Always use the least weight possible. Check your buoyancy at the end of every dive by ensuring you can hover, motionless, at safety-stop depth with no air in your BC. Always establish positive buoyancy upon reaching the surface by at least partially inflating your BC.
  6. Dive like a fish (and not like an ape): Strive to maintain a near-horizontal body position under water while swimming and resting. Avoid standing, kneeling or sitting on the bottom.
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