Before going on a diving excursion in The Bahamas, there are a few things you need to know in order to make your trip safe and enjoyable. Your experienced guides will also fill you in with information specific to your dive site.
Here are some diving tips:
- Don't forget to bring your C-card and logbook.
- For any type of marine activity, good-to-excellent physical condition is recommended.
- Consumption of alcohol and diving do not mix, therefore we recommend that you limit your intake the night before.
- Bringing your own diving and snorkeling equipment is suggested for a proper fit. Nevertheless, dive operators and dive shops are happy to rent fins, masks and snorkels.
- If you haven't been diving in a while, it’s recommended that you take a local dive refresher course with a reputable and licensed dive company.
- Always dive with a dive buddy. NEVER dive alone. It's advisable especially during cave exploring, wreck diving and night diving. Dive within your boundaries and observe your air and time limits.
- To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of fluids, mainly water, and use sunscreen between dives.
- After your last dive you should avoid flying for at least 24 hours to avoid decompression illness (DCI), also called “the bends.”
- Always tie your vessel to a mooring to prevent anchoring onto or damaging marine reefs. And remember to take home all your garbage and unrecyclable materials to protect the environment.
- Secure regulators and gauges to avoid dangling so they don't damage reefs and marine life.
- The Bahamas Dive Association cautions against shark diving with any operator other than its members. Each member adheres to the approved guidelines to maximize safe shark interaction.