What are Scuba Diving Safety Stops?

"Learn About Safety Stops when scuba diving in Cozumel Mexico"

Safety Stops When Scuba Diving

When scuba diving in Cozumel you need to make a safety stop which is a 3 to 5 minute stop made between 15 and 20 feet during the final ascent scuba diving in Cozumel.  Safety stops are required by the majority of scuba training organizations whenever a Cozumel diver goes deeper than 100 feet or approaches a no-decompression limit. While not strictly necessary our Cozumel diver instructors recommend making a safety stop at the end of every dive. Here are several reasons to always preform a safety stop when you scuba dive in Cozumel Mexico.

• Safety stops increase the support of a dive strategy by permitting additional time for absorbed nitrogen to be released from a Cozumel diver's body. If a Cozumel diver is close to facing a decompression sickness, allowing a few extra minutes for nitrogen relief could be the difference among an uneventful dive and a visit to the hyperbaric chamber.

• A safety stop allows a Cozumel diver to adequately adjust their buoyancy before ascending through the final 15 feet of water. A Cozumel diver undergoes the most pressure change through the last 15 feet of water, which creates controlling buoyancy and the ascent rate further challenging. Allowing time for a last-minute adjustment can help a Cozumel diver to maintain a safe ascent rate.

• A safety stop provides a short stop during the ascent during which Cozumel divers can check their actual dive statistics in contrast to their dive plan to confirm that they have not exceeded any calculated dive limits.

• A safety stop allows a Cozumel diver an opportunity to cautiously check the surface for boat traffic in the Cozumel waters and other dangers before ascending.

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