Your questions answered on everything from the rules about flying before and after diving, to equipment and getting the right insurance.
These are some of the questions we're frequently asked - but if you can't find the answer you're looking for, please contact our travel specialists and speak to our in-house dive expert.
What do I need to take with me on a diving vacation?
If you’re a certified diver, don’t forget your Dive Certification card/s and log book, as any reputable dive operator will ask to see these prior to commencing diving. Take your dive equipment if you own it (not tanks & weights, as these are included in the cost of the dive). If you don’t have your own dive equipment, no need to worry as dive centers will usually have dive equipment for hire.
What are the rules about flying and diving?
It’s fine to dive after flying/as soon as you arrive on vacation, but remember the no-flying after diving rule. PADI recommends that you should wait a minimum of 12 hours prior to flying after a single dive. If you’ve been doing multiple diving days, you should wait a minimum of 18 hours prior to flying. If you want to play it safe, we recommend waiting 24 hours after diving, prior to flying.
Will I get any extra luggage allowance on the flight if taking my own dive equipment?
All scuba equipment must be carried within the weight allowance of the airline. Airlines’ luggage allowances vary and so you will need to check what the rules are for the airline you are flying with. Some airlines (particularly if you’re flying to a diving destination) will have a policy in place to allow you an extra allowance for dive equipment – this is often discretionary and cannot be guaranteed. Bear in mind that if you are taking an inter-island flight or where a light aircraft is used, your luggage allowance may be restricted further.
What forms will I need to complete and sign prior to diving?
You’ll be asked to complete a medical questionnaire prior to diving. If the dive operator is in any way unsure of your fitness to dive or if you answer ‘yes’ to any of the questions, you will be required to undergo a medical examination to get authorisation from a doctor to dive. You will also have to complete and sign a Liability Release form and a Standard Safe Diving Practises form.
Do I need dive insurance?
You should always have adequate insurance to cover you specifically for scuba diving. Although we all hope that safe diving practises are used and accidents won’t happen, for peace of mind we recommend that you have dive insurance, even if you only plan to do one dive during your vacation. You can usually add this on to your travel insurance policy, but for comprehensive dive insurance, including professional diver cover, we would recommend you contact DAN (Divers Alert Network).