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What to do before a Dive

September 25, 2017 3 min read

Have you been waiting for the right time to plan your diving spree from a long time? You must have checked out various diving gears, explored shallow dives and practiced hand signals. Besides, you must have got familiar with the art of communicating with the divers to gear up with the diving strategies. Your excitement level must be increasing as you proceed to execute your diving plan, but here is the essential information which you should know before planning your diving agenda!

Whether you have chosen, a simple shallow reef dive or a technical one, there could be a few things that you must not forget amidst the entire excitement and anxiety.

At the last moment, when you are all set to experience the fun of diving, a realization doze pops up in your mind. You may realize that your fin strap has been snapped, you forgot the wetsuit on the dock or you might not have carried the dive light! This haphazard situation is a result of excitement to enjoy diving. Check the following steps and make your diving experience smooth.

1. Carry  your Certification Card

You would be asked  by the dive shop to show your certification card. So, you need to make sure that you either keep it in your wallet, bag or simply carry  its  photo in  your phone. This will make the checking process smooth and trouble free.

2. Stay Hydrated

It may sound odd to you to stay hydrated when you are all surrounded by water. But, dehydration can actually increase the risk of fatigue while scuba diving. So, you need to control your caffeine intake and alcohol as they can lead to dehydration.

3. Gear  Up for the fun

Be it  wetsuit, fins, light, snorkel, mask, reel, booties or regulator, the idea is to make a checklist of everything  that you could possibly need. Consider buying a kit that has every diving gear in it. You  must make sure that you check your inventory before leaving the dock.

4. Pay attention to the guidelines

It is advisable to never presume that  you already know guidelines told by divemaster or the crew members. Most  of your questions can be simply answered by attentively listening to the dive and safety briefings. As a diver or a snorkeler, you can learn a lot of valuable information from them such as: actions to be taken in emergency, the entry and exit procedures, importance of  weight belts etc.

5. Communicate with your Buddy

It is ideal to ensure that you and your dive buddy are on the same page. It is better to discuss the plan, depth, diving area etc. with your buddy topside then in underwater. The aspects such as communication can be a little tricky during the discussion. Keep your buddy and your captain informed as well for a better communication.

6. Stay  Clear Headed for a smooth diving experience

Keep your gear handy while when you are all set to dive. You can use the available gear kit instead of buying the new one. You must remember the skills that you have learned in your earlier dives for a smooth diving experience. You need to ensure that you have taken proper rest,  so that fatigue doesn’t interrupt  your diving fun.

Make diving a memorable activity

Diving is all about having fun and enjoying the entire experience! If you aren’t making the process of diving fun, then probably this  isn’t worthwhile. When you have not practiced diving skills from a long time, it is quite possible to forget the key steps to make diving safe and memorable. If you feel,  a review would be beneficial for you, enroll in a beginner  course. In order to get the perfect gears or toenroll in the course,contact us and enjoy an exhilarating scuba diving experience!

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