Do’s And Don’ts Onboard a Dive Boat
- Before You Ride in a Dive Boat
Keep in mind that you will take a ride on a dive boat. The ride will be short scuba diving with Dressel Divers, since our dive sites are only 10 or 15 minutes maximum by boat, but we are talking about navigating after all.
It means that the dive boat moves, even when our dive boats stand out for their stability in navigation and even when the sea is calm. Therefore, if you are prone to get green around the gills, take a pill to help quell motion sickness at least 30 minutes before boarding. There are many possibilities Dramamine, Bonine, Marazine, etc.
Despite the fact of all of our boats are covered, the wind and the sun during the journey can damage your skin. Don’t forget to put on 100% biodegradable sunscreen.
And… Very important! Pay attention during the briefing, which is when, in addition to dive details, you will be informed about on-board procedures.
To prepare, in addition to your scuba diving gear, you are going to need “The essentials”. You know! A hat, a pair of UVA protection sunglasses, a jacket in winter, a towel, and a dry bag to keep dry everything you want to stay that way. That’s all.
Well, ok, if you need other stuff, you can bring it. But remember. On a dive boat, although they be premium boats as ours are, the space is limited and shared with other divers and the crew. So, don’t bring anything you do not really need.
Arrive at the agreed time. At the center, you will have been informed of the dive boat departure time. It’s the moment of truth, either you’re on the vessel or you stay in the base. It’s that simple.
Place your dive gear in the designated tank storage locations, and don’t leave things lying around. As we have said before, on a dive boat there are the crew members and the rest of the divers who will dive with you.
This is why it is so important to set up your equipment correctly. Keep in mind that any misstep can be painful, and it can mean the end of the excursion for you or others.
Place your BCD and its regulator on your tank and, if possible, next to your dive buddy. This way, you can check your equipment and that of your partner. Plus, you can store your mask, fins, wetsuit, and dive bag under your seat to keep the area clear and have all your gear in one place.