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MAURITIUS DISCOVERY
» 31 Jan 2012
DIVE PREPARATIONS

From a dive boat. Divers around the world know that dive boats or gazebos on the beach have limited space available. Therefore it is important not to take up more than your share. Avoid spreading out your equipment. Keep things together and take them out of the bag as you need them. Most dive operators usually ask divers to keep their gear together and sit opposite it on the boat. Make sure you store your fins and mask close to your scuba gear so you don’t have to move around to get it once you reach the dive site. Also, to avoid clutter and possible injuries, place your weight belt in the storage com-partment on the boat and make sure that your gear is properly fastened to the dive rack. When the dive boat arrives at the dive site, stay seated and wait for the dive personnel to assist you with your gear. If the entire group of divers moves around on the boat, it could cause people to lose their balance if the boat starts rocking leading to in-jury, anxiety or at the very least, some unnecessary irritation before the dive. Once you have your dive gear in place remember to complete your buddy
checks before entering the water. The skipper will move closer to the drop-off point and ask the divers to ready themselves. Wait for the countdown and do the back-ward roll off the boat. Signal and get ready to descend to start the dive. Make sure you know where your buddy is at all times as well as the dive group.

SHORE DIVING

Every dive site has its own set of challenges but the general rule of thumb when shore
diving is to gear up completely before entering the water. Make sure you do all the normal buddy checks and assist each other with the gear to avoid injuring yourself before the dive. Help one another put on your fins just before getting to the water’s edge to avoid “long distance cross country finning”! Once the fins are on, move backwards to prevent  tripping over your fins. Many divers have never done a shore entry and therefore it’s important to ask an experienced shore diver to accom-pany you to avoid any problems. Generally divers enter the water backwards through the surf until reaching deeper water where they are able to swim rather than walk.

NIGHT DIVING

For most divers, night diving offers a very special thrill and adventure.However, most divers are usually a bit apprehensive before the dive due to the reduced visibility and other imaginary concerns. Regardless of the amount of planning, proper orientation is nee-ded before commencing the dive. Get proper training and instruction so that the experience is enjoyable and safe. Even though none of the normal buddy checks and rules
change when diving at night, your senses sharpen due to the cloak of darkness and the excitement of  interacting with the underwater life at night. It’s important not to shine your dive light in other diver’s eyes as this will blind them temporarily and reduce much of the enjoyment of the dive. Follow the dive leader and dive within your limits.

QUARRY DIVING
 
Many divers complete their dive training in quarries and know the importance of staying off the bottom to maximize underwater visibility. Quarries are fantastic training facilities that help many divers improve their skills. These controlled diving environment need to be respected just as much as the reefs in the ocean. Most quarries
are home to freshwater plants and animal life which forms part of thesurrounding environment. Littering is not an option.

BEING A GOOD DIVE BUDDY

A good dive buddy adds to your diving experience and enjoyment as well as your safety. Once you have found the perfect buddy return the favor by being a good buddy too.
When on a dive trip, make sure you are prepared, physically and
mentally, before going for a dive. There is no excuse for not having the right gear so ensure you have a checklist in place to help you pack all the necessary equipment needed for your dive trip. Before diving  a new reef familiarize yourself with the diving conditions and  underwater life; stick to the dive plan. Other things to consider  before the dive starts are; 1) hand signals, 2) your buddy’s skill level
you’re your buddy’s “normal behav-ior” so that you can identify un-usual behavior that suggest or lead to problems on the dive. It is impor-tant to view your buddy as a
partner; not your conscience or diving supervisor. Last but not least make surethat your DAN membership is active!

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