Going on a diving trip and are now wondering how to prepare for your scuba diving trip. Planning and preparing for your diving trip can be the difference between having an awesome trip or just been a letdown.
One of the most important steps to a scuba diving trip is planning and the preparing stage. This is from researching the dive sites to deciding on what gear to bring with you on the trip.
In today’s post, we will go through how to prepare for a scuba diving trip, so let’s get started!
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Do The Research
Doing a little bit of research can not be underestimated. The research should cover the following areas.
- The dive sites in the area.
- The dive operators in the area, you need to choose a good dive center.
The research into the diving shops should look at their packages on offer and what these include. As well as reading the dive operator online reviews, as this is a good indicator of their services and their packages.
Research on the diving spots in the area will tell you what the best diving spots are and if there are any good and what their marine life is like. Also, different dive spots are more challenging than others, you need to know your limits.
Also, the time of year can have an impact on your diving experience, for example, the weather can reduce visibility and dive depth.
Do You Have Your Certification Card And Diving Logbook?
Every dive shop will ask to see your diving certification card and diving logbook. You can keep it in your wallet or store it on your phone as a photo or details on a diving app.
Being prepared and having this card will make your check-in process smooth. Without this card, you may come across the problem in trying to prove that you are certified.
Most dive shops can look up and check your cert online, but what if the Internet is down? What then? No card, no diving.
Ensure You Dive Within Your Limits
Diving should be fun but never dive beyond your current limits and level of training. If the conditions on a certain day become unsafe because of the weather, don’t be afraid to cancel a dive or change to another location.
Scuba diving requires a certain level of fitness, you do need to be at a reasonable level of fitness. If you have not dived for quite a while, you may need to get into the pool to practice and consider doing a diving refresh course.
The refresher course will get you familiar again with the diving gear as well as improving your breathing and swimming techniques so your muscles are ready for that dive.
Decide What Gear To Bring
If you are an experienced scuba diver or not, you will need to decide on what gear to bring. One of the advantages of bringing your own gear is that you do not need to worry about unfamiliar equipment.
Dive shops can supply you with the gear you will like the weights, tanks, and so on. You will have to decide on what gear in what gear to bring.
Have Scuba Diving And Travel Insurance
Travel insurance in nearly all cases does not cover scuba diving, by default. Simply put, It is considered a risky hobby.
It is important that you read over your travel insurance policy and make sure it covers all your scuba diving needs to ensure you are adequately covered in the event of injury.
If you have any questions, ask the travel insurance provider before you buy the insurance.
Have You Medical Information And Emergency Contacts Ready
Have your emergency contacts and any other information available like your insurance policy number and any medical information and give to the dive operators if in the event you are injured or become sick.
Give A Tip
In a lot of cases, the boat staff and even the divemasters are not paid a lot especially considering they look after their passengers and make sure the divers are comfortable and safe.
At the end of the dive, there is usually a collection for the boat crew with a tip jar. And consider giving your divemaster a cash tip.
Still Safe And Enjoy
Diving should be fun. If you’re not having fun then you will need to figure out why. Consider is there something you can do or is there a way to build more confidence?
Finally, going on a diving trip requires some planning and this can be the difference between having an awesome trip or it is just a letdown. Do your research, choose the right dive operator and have fun, then more than likely you will have an awesome trip.
And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on how to prepare for a scuba diving trip has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there is more to add.