Strong current can be hazardous, not only to novice divers but also to experience one. Currents can be physically demanding, accelerate the amount of air you use
as you swim away, against it, or drift.
1. Dive within your comfort zone and limits. If you have never trained to dive in strong currents, then dive sites ‘notoriously’ known for strong current are definitely not your cup of tea.
2. Dive with reliable dive operators who are reputable in prioritizing safety over delivering promise to dive at specific site.
3. Understand currents prior the dive. Currents vary in intensity through water columns and it doesn’t go the same direction from top to bottom.
4. Ask for detail briefing. It is your right to get detail explanation about the seascape and current that might happen during the dive. You can ask your guide to draw the seascape and the travel direction of the current. Knowing the seascape makes you able to predict the direction of the eddy currents. Having several scenarios about the situation might occurred will help you dealing with the real situation.
5. Prepare your gear! Properly streamline set up with no dangling gear will help your movement. Bring surface marker buoy, flash light, noise maker, hook and extra mask.
6. Proper weighting is essential. Over weight might help you to do negative entry quickly, but it doesn’t help you in dealing with strong currents.
7. Positioning your body in streamline mannered helps you to either go with the flow or work in it. Stay close to the bottom or wall or objects without making contact, if possible. Your safety is the priority; hook your self to strong rocks if necessary.