So we’ve picked up the destination, and got there, now what? remember this- dive operators will sometimes lead you to go to places that are more comfortable for them. Such dive sites can be favorite for their ease of diving or accessibility. If you have any special interests, or requirements, make sure you know where you’re going. When you know where you’re going you’ll know how to prepare for the dive, what equipment to use, what to expect and more. Choosing the right dive site is an important step to ensure your safety and satisfaction when scuba diving. when choosing a dive site, there are a few factor you can keep in mind, that can affect your experience and safety
Here’s a check list for all safety factors that need to be considered
Choosing a Dive Site
1. Dive site’s points of interest- Ship Wrecks, caves, caverns, pinnacles and other topographic attractions are normally the things you look for. At the end of day it all comes down to that. What are the site’s main attractions, where would it be more likely to find the highlights of the trip? A good scuba diving guide will also lead you to territorial marine creatures that you might find hard to find. Such can be Frog fish, Sea horses Needle Fish and others. To optimize chances for variety of creatures look for different habitats such as deep and shallow water, walls and slopes, sandy, weedy, rock or reef bottom composition.
2. Busy time on the dive sites. Rush hour Many famous sites have their rush hours. Not always it’s the best time to visit the dive site. Sometimes rush hours are simply a matter of convenience, or schedule dictated by dive operators’ interests. For example, If you pay a visit to Dahab’s magnificent Canyon, late morning you might find it hard to squeeze in, as it is a deep dive most divers prefer to do early in the day. Later you’ll find your peace and quiet before the Sharm- a Sheik visitors swarm the place. a simple matter of knowing when to get to the dive site will make a difference for your whole diving day, and perspective on the dive site’s quality. Generally if possible, considering logistics and dive conditions, I’d prefer to dive early in the morning when the site’s residents have yet been disturbed.
3. Local regulations- Do divers have to mark themselves with marker buoys? Can you dive without a local scuba guide? Is there any traffic near the dive site? Is spear fishing allowed ?
4. Entrance and exit points. Which way you enter and exit the dive site is important to be aware of. It may require different dive preparation such as choosing the type of fins (Boots may help on a rocky shore dive), marker buoys and more.
Dive Safety: There are some basic and very important factors to be aware of before scuba diving. These factors should always be checked prior to diving, 1. Entrance and exits: Which way you enter and exit the site is important to be aware of. It may require different dive preparation such as choosing type of fins (Boots may help on a rocky shore dive), marker buoys and more. 2. Hazards. Anything that may put you in risk underwater, like overhangs, extreme dive conditions, dangerous or poisonous wild life should be taken under consideration. 3. Entanglement. Be aware of fishing on the dive site that may lead to entanglements. Diving at kelp forest such as in California also requires some extra consideration. 4. Max Depth. Determine maximum depth according to your confidence training and experience level, and remember to take under consideration your residual Nitrogen level from previous dives. 5. Nearest chamber, O2 availability. Where is the nearest chamber? Can you get there fast enough should an accident occur? Does the dive operator hold an O2 tank and 1st aid kit nearby the entrance and exit point ( on the dive b
There are some basic and very important factors to be aware off before scuba diving. These factors should always be checked prior to diving. consult the local dive professional for all the measures taken to ensure your safety.