As the population becomes older, our seniors are not resolved to stay on the sidelines. Indeed, more active, still in good health, eager to travel, having a purchasing power generally superior to young people who start and have a major capital of time, seniors are increasingly interested in diving.
In absence of disease and / or pathologies in contra-indication with a sporting activity, studies show that it is beneficial for the more than 60 years, having a good medical follow-up, to have a regular physical activity. Scuba diving is an option since it has opened in recent years to a practice more focused on leisure than on sports capabilities.
Anxious to discover new activities and feeling that diving can bring them well-being and that little adrenaline that will make them still feel active, seniors do not hesitate to throw themselves into the water for their biggest Pleasure 😊
But can we dive at 60 years or more as we dive at 30 years? Focus on the differences that can ensure a pleasant experience for seniors and their pairs.
– Apart from diving of the “old divers” who have practiced for many years, scuba diving for seniors is a relatively new phenomenon and very little (see not) studied
– Seniors are advised to take a check-up before starting the practice of scuba diving to detect any contraindications.
– Seniors will have the best interest to equip themselves with a suitable material easy to put on. Similarly, they should take readable measuring devices and / or equip their diving mask with corrective lenses.
– Seniors should not hesitate to be helped both when going in and going out of water. This to avoid the weight too heavy on their shoulders : Unnecessary to play “hard” and pay it long after
– In addition to exercising and maintaining a leisure activity, diving is an opportunity to continue to build social and friendly ties. A good point for this activity that asks to be willing to invest time in pleasure.
– If, with age, the cardiovascular system is less resistant to exertion and gaseous exchanges are less effective in a senior than in a younger person, seniors will ensure that their risk of accident is not unnecessarily increased Decompression. The limitation of dives called “in the curve” is a limitation here very judicious. You do not have to dive in extreme depths to enjoy the pleasures of underwater discoveries. Similarly, the ORL sphere may be more sensitive; A descent and a slow ascent will be recommended.
In short, 10 tips for diving for seniors who start (and for others)
Before engaging in the activity, carry out a full medical examination
Take appropriate equipment and make it easy to put on
Choose patient and experienced instructors
Get hydrate before and after the dive : drink, drink and still drink water the whole day long
Do not hesitate to give up a dive in case of fatigue or simply if “I do not feel it”
Getting help again and again, without shame
Avoid carrying heavy loads before and after diving
Limiting descend and ascent speeds
Limit the depths
Diving “in the curve” (no deco-steps required)
And for those who want to, take a specialization and dive with Nitrox for even more safety.
With the respect of these tips, the good sense of the instructors and that of the seniors, all the chances will be matched to allow the senior divers to realize many magnificent discoveries of the underwater environment.
Of course, whether or not they are beginners, all seniors would gain by following these little tips of common sense to continue diving with pleasure for a long time, safely.
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