How to prepare your diving trip 

So you have decided to set off on a diving trip. Follow our advice on how to prepare your next diving trip.  

How to prepare your diving trip

IS THIS THE FIRST TIME? HOW TO PREPARE YOUR TRIP WHICH EQUIPMENT? DUNE, A SUBEA TECHNICAL PARTNER SPECIALISED IN DIVING TRIPS, GOES THROUGH THE DIFFERENT STEPS OF THE ORGANISATION OF YOUR TRIP.

Make sure you choose appropriate diving baggage!

Choose the right diving baggage 

As we all know, divers are in love with their equipment! Habits, points of reference and the right accessories are also a question of safety! But this equipment can be heavy, and there are limits on hold baggage. So how can you choose the right baggage? Beginners need to know that there is no point in taking your own tanks or weights. You will be able to find them on the spot! When it comes to keeping warm, ask your travel agent or your host organisation about the weather conditions at your destination, and take the most suitable neoprene (and clothes too...). Carefully protect your stabiliser and regulator in a suitable bag and stow your hoses carefully. You can often rent equipment of an equivalent quality on the spot, and you usually reserve it in advance, just to make sure. Check the batteries in your computer and lights, because you might have trouble finding any at your destination. Note that lights that do not use LEDs are forbidden in baggage holds and must be open inside your carry bag. The heat generated by lights that accidently come on inside a bag can cause fires, which is why airline security needs to be very careful.

Be a responsible diver

There is more to being a responsible diver than just paying attention in the water. Regarding the weight of your baggage, new containers and recipients that are completely full must be avoided, especially soap, creams and shampoos. Prefer biodegradable products in quantities that you will actually need for the length of your stay, and remember to bring any flat batteries back home with you. Some makes of diving baggage actually feature a pouch especially for this purpose. When on a cruise, domestic waste water and lavatory water are often dumped straight into the sea, and the recycling channels for household packaging materials and batteries that we have at home do not even exist in many destinations. So it is up to diving tourists like us to take care of the environments where we go diving, and to refrain from consuming too much fresh water too!  

Expect the unexpected... 

Let’s get back to the preparations for our diving holiday. Preparing this type of holiday, often in a foreign destination, takes time, resources and a certain effort, as we get ready to make one of our dreams come true. So our expectations are very high! My experience has taught me that travellers are often ill prepared for certain aspects of their trip, a fact that can become a source of negative feelings or frustration. Here is what it takes to stop this from happening to you!

The surprises that await you in a natural and wild environment

First, the surprise meetings... Every destination is home to species that are more or less rare: sharks, rays, turtles, dolphins, tuna, swordfish, etc. But the ocean is an untamed place, and it must stay that way. While these promises are often kept for many divers, “fortunately” there are no guarantees. These meetings are all the more meaningful and intense because they take place in a natural and open environment, with wild animals that you can come across quite unexpectedly. If this were not the case, the meetings would feel arranged and contrived, or they would negate the animal’s untamed character, which is what happens in venues where they live in captivity. Every diver must be aware of this this and learn how to appreciate every fleeting moment of a wild encounter that is all the more beautiful and powerful because it cannot be guaranteed.

Respect the underwater environment...

Avoid any nasty surprises on your trip 

Certain misunderstandings or surprises, that are often due to the sense of excitement we feel when preparing our trip, can be perceived as indelicacies or result in disappointment that is better avoided... While divers pay very close attention to anything to do with diving itself, like the required level, the necessary documents, medical certificates, etc., they are not always so mindful of “secondary” aspects. They sometimes read the information contained in the documents they receive or the explanations on the travel agent’s web site at the very last minute, and can be caught out by some unpleasant surprises... Examples include the time spent waiting in airports between two connecting flights, managing all the documents and papers that are necessary to gain entry into a country, surcharges for drinks or services that are not included in the price, tips for the boat crews, organising the last day of the holiday, when it is impossible to dive because all the nitrogen must be expelled from the fabric before flying, etc. Many things that often seem quite “normal”, but still need careful planning.

The golden rule: be prepared! 

There a solutions to preventing these activities from becoming a source of disappointment:~- Opt for a well renowned diving travel company before trying to organise a trip yourself later on.~- Carefully read all the information on the travel agent’s web site and in the documents they send you.~- Always ask questions, if necessary! You are dealing with professionals who are there to help and inform you, not to cause problems resulting from misunderstandings.~- On your first trip in particular, travel with a group of other divers who are already familiar with the destination. They will help you to avoid any unpleasant surprises...

Our final tips on preparing for your diving holiday
Baptiste, Subea digital manager

Baptiste

Digital manager - padi rescue and level 1 ffessm

I'm Subea's Digital Manager. I'm passionate about spear fishing and free diving, and have been scuba diving for over fifteen years. I dive alone down to 60 meters.