Traveling is a major bonus for scuba divers. Divers can go to new places, experience different cultures, and see unique sights that are unique to certain parts of the world. Traveling can be a frustrating experience for everyone, let alone when planning a dive on your excursion. To keep your dive experience as fun as possible, use these five considerations when you plan to travel scuba dive.
1. Plan ahead
Most important for a great diving experience is having the proper dive gear. When traveling, you not only have to worry about bringing all of your dive gear, but also making sure it meets the requirements of the country you’re visiting. Make a list of everything you need and research what the best way to transport your equipment is. Consider reaching out to local dive shops before you get to your destination and see what equipment they have for rent, what average conditions will be like, and if there’s any important information regarding laws or regulations.
2. Pack smart
If you are bringing your gear along, pack smart. Your expensive items should stay with you in your carry-on bag (if you’re flying), such as a dive computer or underwater camera, and bring an extra set of clothes plus swimwear in case your luggage gets lost. Many serious divers may want to bring their own fins, wetsuits, and goggles, but keep in mind that many of those items can be rented. If you plan on traveling to dive sites often, look into purchasing lightweight dive gear. However, if you are going to be diving in remote areas, it might be a good idea to bring your own dive gear, as there may not be local shops that can provide the diving equipment you need.
3. Create a checklist
Checklists are a great way to ensure that you don’t miss anything you need. It’s best to start with a comprehensive scuba equipment list and then pare down from there. What you’ll bring will be dependent on location, rental availability, and how you are traveling to your destination. You’re likely to bring more of your own gear if you are driving to your dive spot, but some of the most popular dive sites in the world will require you to fly. A checklist will help you understand what you need to bring.
4. Bring your PADI certification
Your PADI certification is important because it proves that you have the training and experience to safely scuba dive. Many dive operators will not allow you to go on a dive without your certification card. If you’re planning on diving in a popular destination, it’s a good idea to bring along a photocopy of your certification as well. Keep your certification with other important documents like your ID and passport.
5. Look into travel dive insurance
It’s important to have dive insurance when you travel, just in case something goes wrong. Many health insurance policies don’t cover scuba diving, so be sure to look into getting covered before your trip. Travel dive insurance will give you peace of mind while you’re exploring your new destinations.
Time to get diving
Use these five tips to get the most out of your travel scuba diving experience. Remember to create a checklist, pack smart, and keep all of your certifications safe. Local dive shops can be one of the best resources for traveling divers, but it’s smart to call ahead prior to your trip to see what services they offer and what to expect on your trip.