SIX TIPS FOR SAFE FAMILY SAFARIS AND TRIPS

Here are the some important in formation about FAMILY SAFARIS AND TRIPS-

Diving cruises are a very popular form of vacation for divers. They live in the ocean and spend all day in their favourite activities: relaxation and adventure in every sense of the word. But what resonates as total freedom in the ears of some may represent boredom and discomfort for others. To prevent a holiday dream from becoming a bad memory, we have compiled a few tips and tricks, especially for holiday travellers preparing to book their first trip.

Medical considerations

As with any dive trip, it is important to be in good health. Not always a doctor is on board, so as the choir says, prevention is better than cure.

Make sure you don’t have dental problems, get vaccinated, and get the prescription drugs you need, as well as remedies for forest, diarrhoea, constipation, colds and ear problems. Also consider your limitations (disabilities, illnesses, allergies, etc.), which can be even more annoying once riding.

It is always good to be properly medical examining diving ability according to the requirements of the diving organization or hyperbaric medicine.

In the case of a medical emergency during a trip, other elements play a role. The boat can be moved away from the coast, making evacuation more complicated. Arriving at a medical facility may take longer than usual. Remember, too, that this type of evacuation is usually more expensive. Therefore, it is recommended to subscribe to good diving insurance (and health or travel) and to notice the emergency phone number.

Training and diving experience

While it is important that diving training is completed, a solid diving experience is also a valuable asset. In most cases, it is not possible to take a beginner board course. Moreover, the additional skills required during a diving cruise can only be obtained when the basics of diving are mastered. Diving cruises require, among other things, good comfort control, and can involve drift dives, deep dives, dive dives or night dives.

Diving equipment and spares

Make sure your dive gear is in perfect condition, fits your size, and you know how to use it. It is also wise to bring you spare parts in case of a glitch. You can’t buy anything during a trip if one element gets damaged: you’re in the middle of the ocean!

Here are the pieces to keep in mind:

  • Mask and palm strap
  • Spare tips
  • Small emergency lamp
  • O-ring
  • O-ring
  • DIN / INT adapter
  • Protective covers for grips and regulators
  • Toolkit
  • carabiner
  • Cable fasteners

The choice of a wet suit

It usually depends on the destination. Note that during long-term dives, in particular, water causes significant caloric loss, even in relatively hot water.

This factor is even more significant during trips, which often involve completing multiple dives each day. At the beginning of the day, at the first launch, the water temperature may be pleasant, but this sensation changes with the dives. For example, it may be less pleasant to put on your wet and cold wet suit for a night dive. If you dive in the winter or spring, especially in the Red Sea, consider carrying a thicker suit.

Note also that scratches caused by coral, though small, will take a long time to heal at sea, and direct contact with sea anemone filaments can be painful. A thin combination that covers the arms and legs helps prevent this kind of discomfort. Such a combination will also protect against fire during snorkelling.

What about the boat/dive centre?

Do you want to make sure that the selected drive and boat centre can guarantee a holiday in complete safety and peace of mind?

Here are the key features that cruise ships must display:

  • optimized space
  • attachment points for diving equipment, especially bottles
  • a great diving platform at a tough level (point of entry and exit)

Before booking, get the following information

  • Name and size of the boat
  • Cabin layout (e.g. single or bunk beds, air conditioning, individual or shared bathroom/shower, space inside cabins)
  • Freshwater may / additional desalination system
  • Power supply/generator operates 24 h / 24, possibility of charging lamps and other electrical devices
  • Size and material of bottles (aluminium bottles are lighter and require more ballast), type of fittings (DIN, INT)
  • Maximum number of dives per day, probability of night dives, dive limit (duration, depth, residual pressure, etc.)
  • Living room, deck and platform
  • Possibility of guide dives upon request
  • Compressor located on the bridge (annoying noise) or under the bridge? Risk of aspiration of exhausted air compressor, such as gas exhaust from the boat or gas from the kitchen? Possible nitrox filling?
  • Non-slip bridge, also in wet weather?
  • Having handrails?
  • Having spare parts or diving equipment onboard?
  • First aid equipment and oxygen available onboard and stored away from the weather, water and jolts?
  • Having rescue equipment such as rafts or inflatable lifeboats, smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, radios, radar and GPS?

Once you’ve got an answer to all these questions and you’re sure the cruise is ready, don’t forget to pack your camera to capture those memorable moments.

We hope these tips will help you and wish you great adventures everywhere you go!

Advantages of a diving cruise

– Lives with ease without having to carry heavy equipment.

– Access to exclusive and intact dive sites.

– The ability to share your favourite hobby with a group of like-minded people.

Potential disadvantages

– Living in a confined space with foreigners of different nationalities and with different habits and interests: not all are made for it.

– The danger of facing long-term storms.

– The lack of drinking water.

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