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The Crucial Importance of Starting Every Dive with a Pre-Dive Safety Check

Understanding the Significance

Diving is a thrilling and awe-inspiring activity that allows us to explore the wonders of the underwater world. However, amidst the excitement and anticipation, it's easy for divers, both new and experienced, to overlook one of the most critical aspects of a dive – the pre-dive safety check. Overconfidence and complacency can creep in over time, leading divers to skip or rush through this essential procedure. Yet, neglecting the pre-dive safety check can have serious consequences, potentially putting both divers and their buddies at risk.

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Pre Dive Safety Check

A Commitment to Safety at Oceans 5 Gili Air

At Oceans 5 Gili Air, a dive center committed to safety and excellence, the pre-dive safety check is not merely a formality but a non-negotiable protocol for all divers, whether they are students in training or certified fun divers. Understanding the importance of this procedure is ingrained in every diver's journey, starting from the PADI Open Water Diver course.

Why is the Pre-Dive Safety Check So Crucial?

First and foremost, it ensures that all equipment is in proper working condition before descending into the water. Each component of the dive gear plays a vital role in ensuring the diver's safety and comfort underwater. A malfunctioning piece of equipment can quickly escalate into a dangerous situation if not addressed beforehand.

The BWRAF Protocol

The acronym BWRAF serves as a mnemonic to guide divers through the pre-dive safety check:

  • B - BCD (Buoyancy Control Device): Check to ensure the BCD can both inflate and deflate properly using the inflator button and oral inflation. Proper buoyancy control is essential for maintaining stability underwater and conserving energy.

  • W - Weight: Verify that the weight belt or integrated weight system is securely fastened and easily accessible. Proper weighting is crucial for achieving neutral buoyancy and preventing issues such as excessive sinking or floating.

  • R - Releases: Inspect the releases of the BCD and tank strap to ensure they are functioning correctly and securely fastened. Any loose or damaged releases could lead to equipment failure or loss during the dive.

  • A - Air: Check the air supply by gauging how much air is in the tank and confirming that the tank valve is open. Running out of air underwater is one of the most dreaded scenarios for any diver, emphasizing the importance of verifying the air supply before descending.

  • F - Final OK: Conduct a final check of the fins and mask to ensure they are properly fitted and in good condition. Properly fitting fins and a well-sealed mask are essential for comfortable and efficient underwater movement and vision.

Cultivating a Culture of Safety

By following the BWRAF protocol, divers can systematically assess their equipment and readiness for the dive ahead, significantly reducing the risk of equipment-related incidents underwater.

Moreover, the pre-dive safety check fosters a culture of responsibility and accountability among divers. It reminds divers that safety is not solely the responsibility of the dive professionals but a collective effort that requires each individual to actively participate in ensuring a safe diving experience.


In conclusion, starting every dive with a pre-dive safety check is not just a recommended practice but an absolute necessity. It is a simple yet effective way to mitigate risks and enhance safety underwater. Whether you are a novice diver or a seasoned enthusiast, never underestimate the importance of taking the time to conduct a thorough pre-dive safety check before plunging into the depths. Remember, a few minutes spent on safety could save a lifetime of regrets.


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