How To Plan A Scuba Diving Trip
Feeling tired of your normal humdrum routine and want to know how to plan a Scuba diving trip? Here's some good news for you: It's fun and easy, and you can enjoy the planning process almost as much as the experience itself!
To plan a Scuba diving trip, you will need:
- SCUBA Certification - Either have one or get one. Otherwise, no diving for you!
- Equipment (semi-optional, see below)
- Money (amount varies, see below)
- Time (From a few days to a few weeks!)
Ready to get started? Here's how to plan a SCUBA diving trip!
- Pick a timeframe and budget. Investigate around. Want to go to the Red Sea for two weeks? Expect to pay a few thousand dollars for the trip. Want to go to the coast and dive for a few days? You can probably do it for the cost of a hotel plus money for air fills. It all depends on what you're willing to pay. But keep in mind:
- Pack Accordingly. No matter where you go, you're probably going to have to provide your own mask, snorkel, and swimsuit. Some places don't rent wetsuits or fins, so those are good to have on hand as well. American shops often don't rent weights, but almost all other locations around the world do (it's a pain to fly with 20 pounds of lead weight!). Keep in mind that how much equipment you pack and how much you rent will impact the cost of your trip.
- Investigate the weather and the water conditions of your destination. Are you going to need a light wetsuit? Drysuit? Will you need regulators that work in cold water? Better to know earlier rather than later!
- Find a group: The most fun dive trips are often those where a small group goes together. 6-12 people often seems ideal, as you can almost always find someone to dive whenever you want to dive, and there are few enough people that everybody can get to know each other and get comfortable.
- Consider insurance. The Diver's Alert Network and other agencies can save you thousands of dollars in medial and travel expenses in case something goes wrong. They're worth a very close look.
- Have a blast! Enjoy your trip. Remember to be safe and eat well, to observe local laws and be aware of regional customs. Don't drink alcohol and dive (dehydration is bad underwater!), but most of all, have fun!