How did you learn the pre dive safety check?
One of the first things we teach in the Open Water Course is to check that all the equipment is ready and in working order to ensure a safe and comfortable dive. We teach it using the acronym BWRAF or Begin With Review And Friends.
There are some funny ways to remember this, and many different phrases have emerged around the world, such as
Before we will go in the water we will always start with our pre dive safety check. Make it as a common habit. Remember diving is all about safety, you as a diver doesn’t want to have any failure underwater. And to avoid most of the underwater failures we check all our equipment before we go in the water.
So let’s recap:
B – BCD: Check it inflates, deflates, oral inflates and check the dump valves delicately
W – Weights: Check you have them, the right amount. If on a weight belt, check it is right hand release and the weights are evenly distributed.
R – Releases: Check all the releases are done up and safely clipped, shoulder straps, front straps, tank strap(s) and buckle
A – Air – Take 2 deep breaths from both regulators (the main and the alternate air source) whilst looking at the pressure gauge needle. Make sure the needle doesn’t move. Check how much air you have.
F – Final OK: Check fins, mask, computer, any other equipment needed for the dive, Check you are fit and fine for the dive.
Due to the configuration of our boats, we, at Oceans5 Dive Resort, Gili Air, Indonesia teach our students to do the pre-dive safety check on themselves. It can also be performed from a buddy to another.
Also if you are certified as diver, take your time to do a pre dive safety check.Remember it is your dive, not the dive of the guide. And you like to be safe underwater?
How did you learn it and what phrase can you come up with?