Plan Your Dive!
Whether doing a local dive or going on an overseas dive trip, forward planning is a must. Below are some important points to take into consideration:
- DAN Membership and diver insurance are a must, you never know what you might need, whether it be treatment or evacuation, only DAN can look after all your needs just by you having completed one simple form before travelling.
- Vaccinations and preventative medicine such as anti Malaria tablets and Hepatitis inoculation may be a wise idea
- Know the local customs, what is acceptable and what is not acceptable, and respect other cultures, Lonely Planet books are a good place to start, along with your travel agent’s advice
- Take your own dive gear! The last thing you need is to pick up some feral foreign disease from saliva left on a mouthpiece that someone has just chewed on! Over dramatic you may think? Think again, many third world country make for wonderful dive destinations, most of them don’t have rigorous health and safety protocols to adhere to
- Undertake what ever training is required to perform the dives you want to perform, recompression chambers have been the final holiday destination of far too many divers… A lot of them thought that they knew it all
- No truer words have ever been spoken than “Plan your dive and dive your plan”. This most basic of concepts has been drummed into the heads of new divers since dive courses became readily accepted as what should be done in order to follow this pursuit.
- Periodically review your skills, diving is not like riding a bike, people do forget things and underwater, these things can make a huge difference
- Use local knowledge or ask the experts. We do this for a living, we know where to go and when, we have knowledge of the tides, the winds and the sea conditions and can generally advise you on what is likely to be the best site and location on a given day
- Never attempt to dive a site or location that you are not trained and certified to dive
- If you have not dived for more than 12 months, undertake a Scuba Skills Update/Refresher
- Never dive alone, share and communicate your dive plan with your dive buddy and leave details of the dives and destination with a friend or loved one
- Stick to the most basic principles of diving, plan you depth and time conservatively, make plans for your surface interval, be well hydrated and rested