Okay so, is it actually possible to go scuba diving when it’s raining?
Yes, you can go scuba diving in the rain! You need to be aware of the wind and if any torrential rain or storms are predicted, as this can severely affect the safety of your dive, and in this case, scuba diving is not recommended. However, in a standard patch of rain, it’s fine to go scuba diving.
There are also certain precautions you will need to take, and these start before you get in the water.
You should put up your umbrellas (or wear a poncho) while on the boat so they don’t get wet and the equipment gets affected by water. Your diving regulator needs to be well dried after getting out of the sea even if there was no rain involved.
When snorkeling, make sure your mask is dry too because even a minute amount of water can affect it or let mold develop which cannot be removed easily once started. Water inhalation into the lungs can become a problem, especially if you suffer from asthma or any other respiratory disorder.
What about when diving with an instructor in the rain?
The scuba instructor should brief the dive before going into the water as to what precautions everyone needs to take. In case of heavy rains, one can always wait out for some minutes and watch how it is outside. This way, you can decide whether or not to go for a dive based on weather conditions without disturbing other divers.
Another great way to enjoy a rainy day is by going diving during a thunderstorm! It’s an amazing experience! Just make sure you use your common sense while doing that because lightning can be present there, but then again this happens mostly near the surface and not too deep under the sea where you will be.
How does rain actually affect scuba diving conditions?
While diving in a rainy area, one should be aware of the wind direction as you do not want to go straight into it. If it is raining from an easterly direction, then try diving on the western side where the rain would have been dissipated before reaching you. You can also dive close to a rock or island as this will cut out some of the force of the wind and keep you safe from being blown off course. Do not take anything with you onto your scuba diving boat that may fall overboard because it could injure someone!
Rain generally reduces visibility underwater by a few inches but depending upon its strength, can also reduce light penetration significantly making it difficult for divers to see what are doing at certain depths. If it is raining, you should make sure that your dive buddy stays within a close distance as there’s every chance of losing each other in these conditions.
Rain can also affect buoyancy, so everyone needs to be aware of this before going into the water. Also, certain gases in your scuba equipment dissolve underwater more rapidly when it’s raining and affect you as a diver.
Another aspect of how rain affects scuba diving conditions is down to the human body. In a cold environment where it’s raining, the air temperature is significantly lower than that of your skin temperature and you have to be aware of this lack of insulation between the layers of clothing you wear.
This means more heat loss and hypothermia (extreme reaction to the cold) can occur more easily if not careful with what gear you use and how much physical effort you exert for warmth.
Essentially though, it’s up to you to be aware of these potential issues and use your judgment, or refer to an instructor, if you think the weather is not suitable. If at any point you find yourself worrying about your safety, abort the dive and wait for calmer seas.
How does other weather affect scuba diving conditions, and what do you need to be aware of?
Wind plays an important role in determining the safety conditions of a dive. Rough currents, rain and strong winds can be dangerous during a scuba dive. In this case, it’s advised to go for another day or have a different type of water sport activity going on. For example, surfing is also possible in rough conditions that are no good for diving. The same goes with sea kayaking and windsurfing as well.