Is this the new norm to diving?
We may not be below the surface doing what we love doing most, but we are working, working hard to make scuba diving, for our future clients, as safe as possible in the "post-confinement dive-world"!
Attending Webinars, PADI, DAN and the French diving ANMP, which mainly concerns our next dive season on the French territory, we are learning a lot about what tomorrow's and the near future's dive environment will look like.
With the huge amount of scuba dive businesses throughout the world & a plentitude of dive regulations determining the future of the said dive centres we wouldn't dream of predicting how they will look in the future, so our newsletters will concentrate more on the dive environments that concern us.
As many of our dive buddies and friends know we are off to the sunny Caribbean island of Martinique next month - all being well of course! We are going to plan our trip over in advance, we have already begun, and we will be taking all the precautions advised such as wearing face-masks, gloves, washing our hands regularly etc....
This planning is what we want to talk about today! One of the subjects of the Webinars has particularly focused on how you, the dive clients, can play your part in making the dive environment a safer place during the months to come and hopefully as the Covid-19 virus plays out!
It's advised to longer should you just drop into a dive-shop, but to plan in advance. For example just like you do for the rest of your holiday trip: shop around for a dive shop using TripAdvisor, Facebook, word of mouth recommendations. Contact a couple of centres close to where you are staying, minimising your traveling distance, and be sure to ask them what they are putting in place to protect their divers from contact with the virus. The sorts of things you should be looking for are:
limited numbers in the dive centre (Example 50% reduction in numbers)
circulation (rotation, admitted people, limitations ...)
hygiene & security measures (notices, disinfecting, ...)
equipment procedures (post & pre-dive preparation & cleaning ...)
booking & payment online (no cash handling ...)
courses, types of diving (shore, boat, deep ...)
Virus reporting (cancellation if symptoms present, post-visit reporting of outbreaks ...)
Yes, you the divers can help just by pre-planning your dive trip!
I personally, & this really is a personal reflection, think everybody planning to dive should invest in at least a small part of their own equipment. As a recreational diver this choice would be evident for me. 3 small things:
1. Dive mask
Let's face it this small investment not only means some intimate pieces of equipment are only used by you but also can be used for the rest of your trip partaking in some underwater observations from the surface; a littles snorkelling!
Should you need any advice in finding the right dive centre, or need help in making equipment choices don't hesitate to contact us.
Or even better we would be happy to see you in Kawan Plongée, Ste Luce, where we will be from June!