Learn to Scuba Dive in Virginia: Boat Diving Tips
Scuba Diving from a boat is very popular. A boat will put the scuba diver right on top of the reef or ship wreck making diving far easier. It also enables the scuba diver to get to areas that that are located beyond swimming or shore scuba diving distance. Scuba diving from a boat is fun and very easy to accomplish. Today, we will list a few common sense suggestions or tips that I am sure you will find helpful when diving from a boat.
Purchase a Good Dive Bag. Boats most often have very limited deck space. By packing your scuba diving equipment in a good Dive Bag it will not only make it easy to transport but will help you keep your equipment contained into a very small area. Another nice thing about a Dive Bag is that even though it might be quite roomy, its space is limited. That means unless you are sure that you will need an item, then leave it ashore.
Select a Dive Set Up Area. A typical dive boat has space for several divers. Once on board, select a spot. I personally prefer a spot under any awning to minimize my exposure to the sun. Others prefer to sit in the sun. Many often like to be away from the boat motors to minimize noise or diesel fumes. Which ever you select, put your scuba equipment in that area and then stay there to minimize any confusion or loss of equipment.
Listen to the Boat & Dive Briefing. Coast Guard regulations require that a boat briefing be given prior to a boat dive. In addition a dive briefing is usually given prior to the dive. The boat briefing will include important information the location and use of life jackets, first aid and oxygen equipment. The Dive Briefing will include information on the dive, which includes depth, length of the dive and other important parameters. Pay attention to the briefings and be sure to follow the instructions of the Divemaster.
Know Your Boat. Instructions on how to get into the water and how to exit the water when getting back into the boat are usually given as part of the Dive Boat or Dive Briefing. Pay attention and follow the instructions carefully. This is important to avoid injury or confusion. In addition, make sure that you know what your boat looks like, particularly underwater. At the end of the dive there may be more then one Dive Boat tied to a mooring. You should be able to identify your dive boat from the bottom during your dive. Details, like the number of engines, the type of ladder, etc will enable you to easily recognize your dive boat.
Boat Diving is fun. It will allow you to dive in areas that you would not be able to reach otherwise. Make sure that you keep it fun and safe by following these simple common sense rules.