4. How do I choose a dive center?
Evaluating a dive center is vital because your safety depends on it.
Keep reading and know some key performance indicators for a proper evaluation.
– The ambiance of the diving shop
In addition to beautiful facilities, a quality dive center stands out for its organization and cleanliness.
A non-written rule: users know what quality is and know where to find it. So, look if it is a crowded dive center. In addition, those scuba dive shops with a good quantity of divers can offer dives adapted to different levels. However, this is possible only in highly organized dive centers.
– Dive center services
We have already seen what differentiates a dive center from a dive resort and a career development center. We now can check if it meets the requirements. The next step is to pay attention to the details.
Find out more about which certifying agencies the scuba shop works with, and ask about the training and experience of the staff.
If you contact them first by phone or email, don’t hold back a single question, their job is to help you make the best decision, and if they don’t, the decision is clear: Look for another dive center.
Ask about their safety record, equipment testing, emergency plan, cylinder checks, etc.
Inquire about how they take care of the equipment, check if everything is in good condition, make sure the disinfection protocol they follow is ok, and what products they use.
Find out what you can about the boats. Of course, they should allow short trips to the dive site, but what about space? Is there backup equipment? How is the gear distributed aboard? What about the crew, are they experienced people?
To know what Dressel Divers boats are like, read this article.
– Planning in the diving shop
Ask about the planning of the activities. Both excursions or dives have to be meticulously prepared.
Remember that a proper scuba briefing gives all divers the dive information and increases safety. So, the briefing quality can be a good KPI to find a dive center. Don’t know how a briefing should be? We invite you to find out in the article 10 Pro Tips to Nail a Dive Briefing.