If you wish to improve your skills at diving, you first must learn how to plan your dive, because your plan is your starting point to the depth of the ocean, thus your plan is the difference between enjoying your dive or regretting it, the more skills you have at planning the dive, the more safe and enjoyable the dive is.
In general, there are four types of plans:
1- a plan for a known location
2- a plan for a new location
3- a plan for a dive in cold waters
4- a plan for a group of advanced divers in deep depths with mixed gases.
On the side of this page, you will find clear detailed explanation for the plan before you go diving, its something that is very important and very easy to start at the same time, its the key to a successful dive, and always remember, ” diving without a plan will lead to a bad dive, and not following a plan will lead to a bad diver”. So avoid both of these things as they will impact your progress and slow your learning.
We will sum up the steps of planning for a dive and simplify it as much as possible, for it is easy and does not require a diving master to put in place a good dive plan, or even understand and follow the instructors plan.
To make a plan follow the following steps:
1- Identify the reason and goals for the dive.
2-Set a time for the dive.
3- Notify your diving buddies about the exit point.
4- Agree about the deepest depth you will reach with you buddies.
5- Consider the area and the weather before making the plan.
If you already know the area, explain it to your buddies, if its a new area for you, consider asking local divers and learning from them, gather that information and include it in you plan, try to draw a rough map of the place for you to remember later.
If you are diving with more than three diving buddies, split them into groups and plan your dive in accordance with the skill set of the least qualified diver in the group, even if there was one open water diver and 4 dive masters, then you should plan the dive to suit the open water diver and not the dive masters.
Always remember that you safety and the safety of your diving buddies comes first, and never harm the environment or play with the reef, that way you will be a positive dive and have a positive impact on the environment.
Avoid feeding the fish and make sure that you correctly set up your diving computer in accordance with your planned depth the types of air that you plan on carrying. Always follow the guidelines for the safety stops and remember to constantly check your air-gage.
You behaviour as a professional diver starts from respecting the environment and following the safety guideline, and not putting your self or your buddies in any danger or inconvenience.
Before finalising your plan you must consider the following things:
Rain, Currents, Waves, Visibility, and Wind.
And if your diving from a boat, always make sure to keep emergency and safety equipment as well as an oxygen cylinder on board.
Start planning your trip a couple of days earlier and not when you reach the boat, if your diving point is far, make sure to bring along enough supplies for everybody, Check the weather conditions through the radio or internet, and carry a satellite phone in case you need it for an emergency.
Diveholics provides special courses in organising and planning a dive, check it out in the courses page of the website, or enquire about with one of our instructors.
Planning a dive does not stop at a certain level, you will find that you are always improving and learning new planning skills, sometimes, planning a dive requires incite and personal traits unrelated to diving, for example, persuasion skills to convince you buddies to follow you plan, al while not making it sound like you are giving orders, but rather giving instructions for a safe and enjoyable dive.
We wish you all luck, and please do write to us and share your experiences with us for us to put them in the website and in our weekly reports to out subscribers, who knows maybe someone will learn from your mistakes and avoid mishaps