🐋TEST YOUR EQUIPMENT
If you’re about to jet off to the other side of the world, it’s sensible to test your equipment before you go. On a liveaboard boat Protected content offshore is not the place to find you have an issue with your regulators, computer or BCD. Similarly, if your equipment is just back from service, you can test it before you make the journey. Regulators, in particular, have a margin of adjustment at service and it’s prudent to test them before doing a big dive.
Dive computers also bear special consideration, as each has a subtly different display and user interface. If you’ve treated yourself to a new dive computer, Protected content (30 m) underwater is not the place to try to decipher the display for the first time. Instead, take it for a test dive on your refresher course. Learn how the display presents information in a controlled environment.
🐋SAVE A DIVE
Many conscientious dive centers will, sensibly, insist that a long-inactive diver takes some form of scuba refresher course or check dive before attempting more challenging dives, no matter what their qualification. This can be frustrating, but it’s best for both your safety and the other divers and dive staff. Don’t spend valuable time on your dive trip doing a refresher in the pool or lagoon with the local center when you’d like to be on the offshore pinnacle — arrive pre-refreshed, up-to-date, logbook stamped and ready to go.
🐋AVOID THE NERVES
So much of diving takes place in the mind. Confidence is key. A good dive is like an underwater meditation; a bad dive can quickly turn into a nightmare. If you’re rusty, you’ll more likely make embarrassing mistakes at best or, at worst, suffer anxiety and potentially work yourself into a panicked-diver situation. This puts you and the other divers in your group at risk. Eliminate those first-dive-back stumbles and nerves with sound advice from a professional diver and practicing those skills before your trip.
Scuba diving is an ever-evolving sport. Each year, training methods and course curriculums change. Technology moves on rapidly; dive computers and cameras have evolved in the past decade in a parallel with smart phones. A refresher with a professional dive center allows you to discover the latest diving technology and get up to speed with modern training techniques. If scuba techniques and etiquette have changed, a good dive professional will bring you up to date during your scuba refresher course.
If you’ve been out of the water for a while, a scuba refresher course is well worthwhile. Done correctly, it can offer so much more than simply a swim around in a pool. These courses can enhance both your fun and safety on an upcoming dive trip — and everyone you’ll be diving with as well.
Sorry, but you are not allowed to join this Activity Group!
We are afraid that you cannot join, because the Consuls have limited access to this Activity Group.
If you would like to explore other InterNations Activities in your Local Community, please have a look at this overview page.