So you’ve been issued a certification card and you’re finally ready to take your first diving vacation. This is an exciting time, but it requires a different kind of planning compared to just your regular old trip to the beach. We at Dip ‘N Dive would like to offer you a bit of advice when it comes to planning your vacation.
Dive vacations can be very satisfying and enjoyable. The best way to relieve stress is to plan everything out ahead of time. This way you avoid the frustration of the organization while on your trip, and you can relax and have a good time.
- Hit up your local dive center. A lot of centers offer pre-planned group travel. If that doesn’t work well for you, you can at least speak to the experts to get their opinions and advice as to what destinations are best.
- Most likely, you’ll have to travel via air to your destination. It is important to keep into account the way you pack your gear. With weight restrictions on your luggage, you should leave a little extra room in each package. Sometimes your gear might not be completely dried out upon your return, and so that extra weight may be applied.
- Consider the transportation you will need while on vacation. Most resorts offer shuttle services to and from the airport. If you are diving away from the resort, however, you should consider obtaining a rental car.
- Passports are likely to be a requirement. If you are vacationing in a place outside of the United States, you will need a passport. This is important to take into consideration, especially because it takes about two months to apply for and receive a passport. If you do not have one, you need to plan accordingly.
- Plan out your equipment situation ahead of time. Some divers like to bring their own equipment. If this is the case, you should be sure to check it ahead of time and make sure that it is all in working order. Others, however, like to rent scuba equipment while at their destination. You should always confirm the way ahead of time that all of the gear you need will be available upon your arrival.