Planning for Scuba Diving

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Diving is a unique and popular experience that many holidaymakers choose to include as part of their trip. For most divers,scuba diving is something they plan to do in advance, in which case there are several things you should consider when planning your trip.

Get the Right Equipment

It could be that your hotel, resort or tour operator has the option to hire scuba equipment while you’re there, which can save you a lot of room in your suitcase. But many regular divers prefer to use their own, for comfort and hygiene reasons. The location you choose will affect which equipment you need too. For example, warm waters will require a wetsuit only, while deeper or colder waters need a dry suit.

Most divers will hire a scuba tank rather than take their own for practical reasons. You may also want a propulsion device to help you move around under the water, saving you energy from all that constant finning and making it easier for you to concentrate on enjoying the view.

Make Sure You’re Covered

Diving can be a risky sport.  While it is an exceptionally fun sport to practise, it is essential to always put your safety first, and this includes making sure you have suitable diving insurance. Most generic travel insurance policies will not cover you in the event of any incident while scuba diving, which is why it is important to make sure you have specific travel insurance for divers.

There are different types of scuba diving insurance cover available, so it is important to read through the different policies and choose the one that is right for your specific circumstances. If you’re scuba diving abroad, then you’ll need to make sure you have cover for your travel risks as well as cover for diving. Buying a policy that has been tailored to divers is the best way to go to ensure that all your needs are met.

If you’ve chosen to take your own equipment then you should make sure this is also covered in your policy. You will know better than anyone how much that equipment cost you, and what it will cost to replace should it become damaged, lost in transit or stolen. As with any other significant investment, insurance will cover you in any of these events, but check that there are no limits on amount or type of equipment.

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