Whether it’s a weekend getaway or a dream vacation, the key to a fun and rewarding scuba diving trip is careful planning. Creating a travel itinerary will enable you to maximize your time, manage your expenses, and prioritize the things you want to see and do. Here are some tips to help you have a successful and worry-free scuba diving trip.
Decide where to go
A great way to start is by choosing your destination. If you’ve always had your heart set on visiting the UAE, don’t you think it’s about time that you make it happen? The UAE is an amazing place for scuba divers. There are many incredible dive sites that you can explore in Dubai, Dibba Al Fujairah, and Musandam. Get in touch with Nemo Diving Center to know more about scuba diving UAE and make your dream destination a reality.
Choose a reputable dive operator
Safety should always be your number one priority and that’s why it’s important to choose a trusted dive center. Nemo Diving Center is a leading dive center in the UAE that offers dive courses for all levels (youth, beginners, and professionals). If you’re a newbie and have no prior diving experience, don’t worry because our highly trained PADI-certified instructors will teach you the basics to get you started. We also arrange dive trips for certified divers to different dive sites in the UAE and Egypt.
Determine your budget
Designate a budget for your scuba diving trip by estimating your expenses. Here are some of the important things you need to consider for your budget:
- Transport services (e.g. bus, taxi, train, shuttles, etc.)
- Accommodation (e.g. hotel, air bnb, etc.)
- Scuba diving package fees
- Scuba equipment rentals (if applicable)
- Miscellaneous expenses
Create your itinerary
Your scuba diving itinerary will generally depend on the dive program you signed up for and how long you are staying in the UAE (or other choices of destination). On Day One (arrival), you can check in and drop your things at the hotel then spend the rest of the day sightseeing. If you’re staying in Dubai, you might want to check out these Top 5 Tourist Destinations in Dubai. You can schedule your dive for the next day.
If you have multiple dives, you can already go diving on your first day. Arrange for a pick up at the hotel or go directly to the meeting place.
If you signed up for a beginner or advanced dive course, it may take two or three days to finish. Specialty courses like Deep Dive and Enrich Air (Nitrox) can be completed in one day/session. After fulfilling the requirements of the Deep Dive course, will you be qualified for deep sea diving Dubai. Peak Performance Buoyancy can be completed in two days/sessions while other specialty courses may require more days.
For dive trips (certified divers), you can choose from day dives, night dives, and overnight dives. Nemo Diving Center also arranges liveaboard for enthusiastic divers. Liveaboards provide an amazing opportunity to immerse yourself in the ocean and encounter a wide variety of marine life.
Make sure you follow the Divers Alert Network’s recommended pre-flight surface interval for safety reasons. For a single no-decompression dive, DAN suggests a minimum of 12 hours pre-flight surface interval. For multiple dives per day or multiple days of scuba diving, a minimum of 18 hours pre-flight surface interval is highly recommended. For dives that need decompression stops, divers are strongly advised to have a longer pre-flight surface interval (more than 18 hours).
Might as well spend your remaining time exploring the city. Enjoy shopping, sightseeing, and trying out local dishes.
These travel planning tips aim to help travelers like you plan a great diving adventure. An itinerary can help you focus on the attractions you want to see and activities you want to do.