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Abyss Scuba Diving
5 Tips to Improve Your Dive Boat Experience
- It is advisable to take a seasickness tablet at least half an hour before getting on a boat. Make sure the tablets are safe for diving and do not make you feel drowsy. Many people find ginger-based tablets very good. Try a couple of different brands until you find the one for you.
- Make it to the boat ramp early. Prior to boarding your boating trip, double-check your gear, set up your diving gear and gear up, turn on your air tank and test out everything, turn off the tank and purge your second stage to a gauge preasure of 50 bar.
- Get your weights sorted out as soon as you get on the boat rather than waiting till you are at the dive site. Keep your dive equipment secured (mask clipped into BCDs, gloves in pockets, etc.), so you have no fly away gear on your drive out or back from the dive site.
- Give your full attention to the dive brief, and plan your dive. Do a complete buddy check and reconfirm plan and hand signals before each dive. Make sure you discuss the lost buddy procedure with your buddy so you are on the same page, so to speak.
- Be aware of the bow of the boat when going down the anchor line or it may crack your head. Always follow the anchor line to the bottom to help your navigation back to the boat at the end of the dive. Continually monitor air and no decompression limits, staying with your dive buddy at all times. Finally exit up the ladder with your fins and mask on and your regulator in your mouth.