Starting out on a diving holiday can be a little daunting, especially if you have never dived before or are still new to the sport. Here are a few tips to help you get started on your way!
1 Check the medical form before you go on holiday. If you have to answer YES to any of the questions on the medical form you will need to get checked by a doctor to see if you are fit to dive. It’s easiest to get this sorted at home before you go on holiday. Click here to download the medical form.
2 Don’t forget that you have to wait 24 hours between your last dive and flying!
3 Don’t forget to bring your log book and certification cards. If you have lost your certification cards contact your dive center before hand and check if they can find you on an online database. If not, then you have time to contact your agency or the dive centre who certified you.
4 Do some research and book your dives before you go on holiday. Remember that spaces can be limited if you want to go to the best dive sites or if it is high season, so make sure to secure your dives in advance to avoid disappointment.
5 Check if your travel insurance covers you for scuba diving. If not, ask your dive centre if they offer any diving insurance or which one they recommend.
6 Start your diving holiday off with shallow dives or a refresher! If you haven’t dived for 6 months or longer you should do a refresher before you join any diving activities. If you have been diving recently then simply start off with some shallow dives to get used to the equipment and diving conditions.
7 Sign up for the Advanced course Deepen your knowledge and get more comfortable underwater.
8 Buy your own equipment. Don’t worry; you don’t have to buy your own full set of equipment, but there is 2 equipment pieces that don’t take up much space when travelling and can make a huge difference for the safety and enjoyment of your dives:
- Mask & Snorkel
- Dive computer
9 If it’s your first time – say it! There is a first for everything: boat diving, shore diving, diving with your camera or in strong currents… Tell your instructor and dive buddies, so they can help you if needed!!
10 Wear sun protection! Either wear a rashguard or use sunscreen. If you use sunscreen make sure you apply it 30-45 min before you enter the water otherwise it will wash off and may cause coral to bleach.