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    What Do I Need to Bring Diving?

    July 11th, 2013

    2013-07-12_12h36_42Are you ready to go diving? Whether it’s your first trip or your hundredth, you have to get all packed up and you have to make sure that you bring all the things you’ll need. There are usually quite a few things, so it’s easy to forget something, even if you’ve done this all before. A good strategy is to make a list of all the things you know you’ll need, but to start making this list early on, preferably a few months before your trip.

    As you think of new things, add themto the list and then, when the times comes to get packed, you can just run through the list and make sure you have everything. Be sure to keep this list for future use, since your diving supplies needs will likely stay basically the same from one diving adventure to the next.
    Equipment
    Obviously, you can’t go diving without all of the necessary equipment so make sure you pack up any equipment you do have. If you’re a seasoned diver, you probably already know that tanks and weights can be rented through any diving service so there’s no need to try and fit those things into your luggage if you own them. If you’re planning on renting the diving equipment you need, which is a wise idea if you don’t go diving often and/or are on a budget, be sure to call the diving service ahead of time and to make sure they have the equipment you need available for rent. If certain pieces of equipment are not available, you’ll need to buy them and bring them with you or find a friend from whom you can borrow them; you will not be allowed to go diving without all of the proper equipment!
    Proof of Training
    Any reputable diving service will require you to have proof that you’ve undergone the appropriate diving training. If you have a certification card or some other proof of your training, be sure you don’t forget this! Most resorts and diving locales will not allow you to get into the water without it, which means accidentally leaving your certification or other training proof at home could easily put an end to your long-awaited trip. Be sure to invest in a nice protective sleeve for your certification card or papers so that they won’t get wet and ruined. If certifications become illegible, that’s just as bad as not having a certification in the first place!
    Proof of Who You Are and Your Right to Travel

    It should go without saying but make sure you bring your identification card with you. You’ll need it at the airport if you’re flying to your diving destination and you’ll need it before the big dive takes place. If you’re traveling outside of the United States, you will be required to have a passport. You may also need a visa, depending on the length of your stay; this can only be determined by knowing the rules and regulations of the area to which you are traveling. In any event, allow yourself ample time to get the proper documentation as it relates to your right to travel. Processing for passports and other documents could potentially take up to a year, especially if there are any issues or problems along the way, so definitely do not leave this to the last minute. Once you have all of the appropriate documentation, be sure to make two copies of each piece of identification and to keep the copies handy in case something happens and you lose the originals or have them stolen.