Scuba Diving is one of those activities which requires sufficient preparation before taking the plunge. With the help of a dive plan, not only the safety of the divers are ensured but it also pave the way to a fun, comfortable and successful diving experience.
Gathering Site Facts
The first and foremost step in dive planning is to consider your expertise and experience level. If you are diving with a co-diver, then it is vital to know the diving experience of your dive buddy. Selecting a site is one of the most crucial steps in the dive planning. It is always recommended to select a site according to your diving skill set.
Gathering maximum information regarding the dive site including the currents condition, depths, terrain, points for entry and exit, surfacing techniques and the marine life at the dive site is essential.
For multi-level dive, it is crucial to estimate the next levels of the dive along with calculating the amount of time intended to spent at each level. Note that, the deeper you go, your air consumption will get higher.
While planning a dive always discuss and determine parameters such as the maximum depth, maximum bottom time, and a minimum air supply that you will use as your cue to terminate the dive. If diving with a dive buddy, always analyze each other’s air consumption so you both can plan a dive within the specified time range.
Another important thing to be considered is to review the hand signals with the dive buddy, particularly, if you will be diving with a group new divers. The underwater hand signals always remain the same, nonetheless, it is still recommended to go through them one more time before the dive in order to avoid any miscommunications underwater.
Contingency plan is very important to be discussed in order to deal with any emergency situations during the dive. During diving, there are plenty of things which are beyond the human control and any unpredictable situation can result in negatively impacting the dive at any given moment. If due to any reason, you tend to spend more time at a certain place than intended, in this case, the entire dive plan has to be revised accordingly.
A well-discussed and thorough planned dive can enhance the entire diving experience to a great extent. It is a completely different world under the water, therefore, plan your dive precisely and make the most of your time blowing bubbles under the water.