There are three things that make a dive a success – selecting the right site, planning it well, and getting the best gear for your dive – mask, fins, snorkel vests, and the other stuff.
Here are some useful suggestions for you –
- Are You Sure Of Your Diving Skills – Even experienced divers can lose it if they haven’t done it for a while. So go for a refresher course, such as the Reactivate Course offered by PADI, if you haven’t dived for some time. You will once again be in the water and get to brush up your skills. You will also learn about the latest regulations and norms.
- Review All The Documents – Make sure all your travel and diving documents are up-to-date, especially your dive certification cards. Better still, get an electronic version of the card, if you don’t have one already. You cannot always check your certification online because there won’t be internet at many remote dive spots. Also, ensure that you have dive insurance. Double check your visa and all other travel documents.
- Get The Best Diving Gear – Never compromise on your diving equipment, because this could make the difference between safety and danger. You must always make sure that you have the best diving or snorkeling vest, fins, light, mask, and everything else. Test the equipment thoroughly before going into the water, whether you are using new or used gear. Test your wetsuit as well. Get a new wetsuit if you have gained weight since the last dive.
- Get Spares – It is wise to carry spare parts of vital diving and snorkeling equipment. For instance, what happens if your light fails below the water? You need a back-up. Also, make sure to carry the necessary medication with you, particularly if you have any medical issues or allergies. Many divers who have sensitive ears will develop ear infections below the water. So you need a prescription ear drop too.
- Pick Your Dive Spot Carefully – You need to find out a lot about the dive spot, like the water and surface temperature, the kind of marine life to be seen, the right season, and anything else that might be relevant.
Finally, plan your non-snorkeling and diving activities as well at the location.
Off-time is important too. But you need to know what you will be doing on those days.