Properly preparing for a diving trip can mean the difference between having an amazing trip and hating it. Part of getting ready for your scuba trip is making sure you prepare for it ahead of time, from being physically fit for your diving experience to making sure you bring all of the necessary gear and clothing.
Here are some tips for how to prepare for your next scuba diving holiday. You can keep this list handy so that the next time you are planning a trip, you can refer back to it.
Make sure you are physically fit for your next dive trip by conditioning your body for the swimming you will need to do. If you do not have a pool in your backyard, visit a gym, your town’s pool, visit the beach, or swim in a friend or family member’s pool.
The important thing is to get some practice in. If you cannot get to a pool, do some running or cycling to get your muscles toned and ready for the dive. If you have not dived in a few months or longer, consider taking a one-time dive review course to get acclimated to diving again and to remember important safety procedures.
You can also head out for a short dive with an experienced diver buddy if you want to brush up on your skills before your extended scuba diving holiday.
What to Take with You
In addition to your identification cards, dive insurance paperwork, and passports, you need to pack appropriate clothing for your dive location.
Some tropical islands experience cooler nights, so consider bringing some extra clothes for those temperatures, in addition to those that you will wear during hot days under the sun. Remember your sunscreen, sandals, sunglasses, etc.
Consider the water temperatures if you are taking a wetsuit. Also think about taking a first-aid kit with you in case of an emergency, containing medications, bandages, and anything else you think you might need.
Of course, you do not want to forget your scuba gear. Make sure you check all of your gear to make certain that everything is working properly. Consider taking it in to a professional service facility to check that every piece is working.
Purchase anything that needs to be replaced ahead of time to avoid having to buy anything at the last minute, although most dive shops will probably have what you need in the event something breaks or stops functioning by the time you get to your destination.
Take spare parts with you as well, such as a spare mask strap, tools, or mouthpiece. And make sure that everything that requires the use of batteries has freshly charged batteries in them, and pack extras with you as well. Do not leave behind your safety equipment either, such as your dive signal flags, which are easy to carry and pack. Finally, be sure to pack everything carefully to avoid damage.
Do not forget to get any medical inoculations completed before your trip if you are visiting a country that requires certain vaccines before entering them.
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Article written by Rutger Thole who is an avid scuba diver and loves to travel, dive and write about scuba diving. Based in Amsterdam he runs bookyourdive.com and at least twice a year he plans a dive trip of the beaten track.