Galapagos Islands, Maldives, Raja Ampat in Indonesia, Belize, Komodo Island, Fiji… there are plenty of breathtaking and exotic scuba diving destinations around the world. Most of them are located in remote corners. Perhaps some of you have already have had the good fortune of diving in these wonderful places. But there are plenty of divers who are still dreaming about visiting these places, as they seem too far away.
The first thing you must do is select the remote location you want to dive. It’s always a good idea to seek the advice of somebody who has already gone there. You might also ask a dive operator about the kind of fish, corals and marine life you can see. Also, ask about the safety requirements in the place. Safety can be a very serious issue when you are diving in a remote location.
Next, you must begin to think of the resources you need for the dive. Make a list of everything you need for your diving adventure. There is always going to be one dilemma – what you should bring, and what you should take on a remote dive trip? Many veteran divers face this dilemma too. Speaking to somebody who has already dived in the remote location of your choice can help. In fact, deciding the necessary things to pack and what you can leave behind is always going to be the hardest thing about planning.
Checklist of Essential Things You Might Need in a Remote Diving Trip
Diving Gear – Whether it is the mask, fins, snorkel, wetsuit, or dive computer, it is always best to carry your own scuba gear, except the tank and weights. Yes, you can rent the gear at your destination as well. The whole set of gear might be available on rent. Renting helps you travel light. But you should first check with the dive operator on the availability of everything you need before departure. Plus, you might feel more comfortable using the gear you always use.
Clothing and Accessories – There is no need to carry fancy dresses or suits. Light and casual clothes should do just fine. Tank tops, t-shirts and simple shorts with beach sandals or flip flops will do. Of course, you cannot forget your swimwear and some pairs of underwear.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies – The smallest of things such as the toothbrush/toothpaste, deodorant, eye drops, lotion, and even sleeping pills could make or break the trip. Sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays that you will get plenty of when you are relaxing after the dive. Don’t forget to take your prescription drugs if you are under medication. Often, it is nearly impossible to get many drugs in really remote places.
First Aid Kit/Equipment – It is ironical that even the best divers sometimes suffer from motion sickness. They are more comfortable below the water than above, it seems. So carry them, just in case there is an emergency. Ask the operator about the supplies at least, if you are not planning to carry your own kit.
Important Documents – Carry them to ensure a smooth-sailing diving adventure. The first thing is your visa and passport. The medical certificate is important, if you need to carry one. Keep the certification cards either from SSI (Scuba Schools International) or PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) with you always.
Camera and Photo Equipment – Liveboards often have the photo equipment you need.
But such a vessel might not be available in the remote location. Bring your underwater camera if you have one. It’s also worth it to carry your underwater camera housing. A filter is useful for all those times when the sun is too bright. The lighting arrangement is also a good idea if you are planning to do night dives. You can check this best waterproof camera 2016 guide for more info.
Other Things – There are many other essential things that you should carry, such as spare batteries and parts, USB drives, and AC plug adapters among other things. And of course, it’s a good idea to take your credit and cash cards.
So you see, there is some planning involved in packing your bags for a remote destination dive trip. Give it some thought. Go over your checklist, just to make sure that you haven’t forgotten anything. You might not find it there if you have forgotten something. Yes, you want to pack light. But you need to make sure that the dive will be worthwhile as well.