DCS is a major concern for divers because of the potential severity of the condition. But without dismissing that concern, divers must also remember that DCS is a relatively rare disease and just one of many diving-related health concerns.
Fortunately, all the measures you can take to diminish your likelihood of suffering DCS will enhance your overall diving safety as well. These are the key measures:
- Take small steps that favor conservatism in a variety of areas, to substantially improve your overall likelihood of a safe outcome while diving.
- Acquire enough knowledge to permit you to appreciate both the hazards of diving and likely solutions.
- Attain sufficient skill, particularly with regard to buoyancy control, to ensure that all your dives can be conducted as planned.
- Practice good buddy selection, so your plans and actions are compatible with those of your diving companions and with safe diving practices.
- Maintain good communication with your buddies, to address problems quickly, when they are likely to be most manageable. Informed and thoughtful collective action on the part of all divers in a group is critical to ensuring a good outcome.