Almost every aspect of life has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and scuba diving is no exception.
But as countries are starting to reopen their borders, diving enthusiasts and aspiring divers alike are wondering how to plan their next scuba diving travel adventure.
There are several factors to take into consideration which will be explored in this article. The priority, of course, is keeping divers and staff safe and healthy.
Keep reading to find out everything you need to know about scuba diving long-distance.
No Diving If You’re Sick
The first, and most basic piece of advice, is don’t dive if you feel unwell. This is an important rule even in non-pandemic times.
Even if your symptoms don’t exactly correspond to the COVID-19 symptoms, it is not worth the risk. You don’t want the possibility of infecting your fellow divers and instructors.
Many diving centers will check the temperatures of their staff and students on each outing as an extra precaution.
Scuba Diving Air Travel
All of the standard coronavirus precautions need to be taken when traveling long-distance for scuba diving. This includes wearing a face mask at all times while in airports and on the plane.
You might want to consider only taking a direct flight to your destination as this will mean you come into contact with fewer people compared with taking connecting flights.
Finally, this might be the right time to explore some of the less touristy diving destinations, as it is a great opportunity to escape the crowds and dive with more space.
Changes to Training
Many dive schools are adjusting their training programs in light of the pandemic. Extra care is being taken to thoroughly sanitize equipment after each use. Often centers will sell cleaning products to help ensure total safety.
Reductions in group sizes are also becoming more common, while many dive centers are choosing to conduct the theory training via Zoom or Skype in order to reduce contact.
While out on the boat but not in the water, you will most likely also be required to wear a face mask.
Prepare for Flexibility
We have all heard the stories of canceled flights and rearranged bookings. However, the travel industry is starting to stabilize, and cancellations are becoming less frequent.
Some countries require a two-week quarantine, or, the results of a negative coronavirus test, upon return to your home country. Those who work from home will be able to manage this quite easily upon returning from their scuba diving vacation.
You can check every country’s travel restrictions by looking at this interactive map.
So Is Scuba Diving Travel Possible?
The short answer is yes. Scuba diving travel is definitely possible for those willing to adhere to enhanced health and safety measures, and also those with a little extra flexibility in their arrangements.
It is an important time for the scuba community to come together and support each other.
Contact us for more information about scheduling a course – whether you want to learn to dive or build on your existing qualifications and we do it all in the water at Dutch Springs where we prepare our students to dive local water as well as doing destination dives.