Going off to explore a new region can sound fun but you shouldn’t ignore a bit of research and planning, especially if you’re planning a scuba diving vacation with the entire family. Enthusiasm alone won’t make your trip memorable, but a bit of energy and time expended in a few preliminaries would make sure that the trip is a lifetime experience.
Here is an easy Checklist to help you plan:
Getting to the point, here’s a checklist so that you won’t miss out on points that can help you make the most of your trip:
- When you want to explore treasure troves beneath the ocean surface, and want to mingle with bright colored corals and shoals of fish, you can’t let your diving inexperience get in the way. And, when you have kids in the family, you begin to wonder how child friendly diving really is. All these worries can be easily dispelled if you spend some time on a diving course. It’s easy to enroll yourself into one of the diving lessons organized by dive shops and organizations.
- Next stop, get yourself certified for open water diving. It is an easy process that takes a maximum of 2-3 days and you can choose from reputed organizations like PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), NAUI (National Association of Underwater Instructors), and SSI (Scuba Schools International). What’s more, a certification can widen your scope for diverse underwater diving activities.
- Now for the main point, select a diving destination! That’s the most fun part as the entire family can dig up information for various renowned diving locales. Exotic diving locations are scattered throughout the world, but when you select a place, you need to consider your whole family. Especially the little ones!
- Once you’ve selected a place, check out the Visa and passport requirements for that location. These considerations vary from place to place, so you need to be very careful. Once you’ve done that you can check out live-aboard options, resorts or hotels. This also includes researching the various diving programs and amenities such lodgings offer.
- Now you need to concentrate on your diving gear. You can rent most of the gear from the hotel or resort and local dive shops. But some personalized gear is indispensible. Especially for the kiddos, their gear should be checked thoroughly for a proper fit and function. Masks, booties, fins are a must for each member of the family who will go diving. As for the rest, you can safely rent them once you’re there. This saves baggage space and charge.
- Pack the other essentials for both the diving and the non-diving members of your family. You need proper sets of clothing both underwater and casual wear, apart from towels and other things such as camera, batteries, and the like. Also, figure out how the non-diving members in your family can spend their vacation and make the necessary arrangements.
- Don’t forget to pack your travel and diving insurance, among other necessary documents that you might need on your vacation.
- You can’t leave your medical requirements to the care of the hotel services, so you should carry your own meds. This is a must if you have certain health issues in the family.
Now that you have the checklist, you can’t go wrong when you plan for a scuba diving vacation. Get ready to have a blast!