As the weather starts to clear and the blue waters off Fujairah start to warm up, it’s time to get back in the water for some great diving. But if you haven’t dived at all during the winter months then your skills are probably a bit rusty, not to mention your dive gear. So here’s a quick guide to get you safely diving again!
When it’s been a few months since you last dived, there are some important things to consider before you backroll off that dive boat. Ticking these off your list ensures a safe and enjoyable return to the depths:
Refresh your skills
Unused skills deteriorate quickly and scuba diving is no exception. A little refresher session in the swimming pool with a buddy is a great idea. If you don’t have a pool at home, why not do a shore dive on Snoopy Island under the supervision of our instructors. In addition to scuba skills you might also need to redevelop equipment familiarity, especially with BCDs and regulators, and our instructors will be there to guide you. Contact us to schedule in a quick refresher before diving.
Check your dive gear
If you stored your dive gear properly, chances are it will work fine but you still need to test it. If you have your own cylinders, just assemble everything and use the bathtub to check for leaks and proper operation. Even then, the best thing you can do is to have your BCD and regulators professionally inspected and serviced if required. Don’t forget to check the batteries in your dive computer.
Get in shape
Scuba diving needs you to be relatively fit. You’ll be lifting and walking around with dive gear, getting on/off boats, finning underwater and so forth. If you’ve been a couch potato all winter, then you need to get back into shape for diving. And of course if you’ve received any kind of medical treatment since you last dived, make sure you get the all-clear from your doc before you get wet.