Scuba divers should hold a no touch rule when diving in any waters. We have been teaching thousands of divers this rule for over 15 years and helped divers with buoyancy issues so they did not come in contact with the sandy bottom, the coral reef or fish. It happens, a diver loses a bit of their buoyancy control and find that they collide with something in the ocean that they did not intend to touch. Or they did not wear a wetsuit and a fish came a bit too close for comfort.
With the rising lionfish population in Floriday, the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic, more divers reporting incidents with the lionfish then ever before. The invasion of the lionfish in waters that are not prepared for this indigenous species to the Pacific, some divers are not prepared nor do they know how to handle a sting from the Lion fish.
1. Don’t touch! Sure they are beautiful but they are poisonous!
2. Stop your dive and calmly ascend to the surface
3. Look for any visible signs of lionfish stinging nettles or spines in your skin
4.Rinse the area with fresh water
5. Submerse the area in warm to hot water
6. Visit your local medical or DAN facility for a medical overview
PADI just created a Lionfish Hunting specialty to help the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean coasts help deplete the invasion of lionfish. This is a great way to get a new specialty and help to decrease the lionfish population in an area that does not have any natural predators.
Sign up for your dive vacation in Playa del Carmen or the Riviera Maya today and reserve online!