By Kris MifsudWhen you are about to embark on a scuba diving vacation, one of the first things that you should plan is whether you will be renting or taking your own equipment. This guide on scuba diving travel contains tips to assist you when you are embarking on your scuba vacation.
Whether you rent or take your own scuba gear, you should realize that each option has got its pros and cons. Renting equipment from your designated destination is by far hassle free. You do not have to carry those extra pounds in your baggage. If you own expensive scuba diving equipment, you have peace of mind that your favorite gear is not going to be lost during transport.
However, if you feel that you do not want to experience unfamiliar or even uncomfortable scuba equipment, you have no choice other than traveling with your gear. Most divers will travel with their scuba equipment including masks, fins, BC and regulator however, due to weight issues, tanks and weights will normally be left off the scuba gear checklist. Weights and tanks can be easily rented and are usually quite cheap from dive shops in the area in which you will be vacationing.
It is important that you place any sensitive gear such as your regulator and dive computer in your hand luggage. Preferably try to pack your dive computer in a box to prevent any accidental activation. The same thing could be said for your regulator and scuba mask. If you use protective cases, they are less likely to be damaged during transport. Also by placing your sensitive scuba gear between soft materials such as sponges or clothing, you will reduce the risk of damage to your equipment.
Also keep in mind that to keep your log book and certification card together, in a safe place and not with your checked luggage. The rest of your equipment, Wetsuit, BCD, Fins and booties, can be placed in your checked luggage. In case of theft or your checked luggage being lost, you can still rent the rest of the scuba gear, but you will unlikely be able to dive if you are not in possession of your C-card, so be sure to place it in a safe place. An important tip is to never carry your dive knife in your hand luggage. Remember to pack it in your checked luggage. Believe me, you do not want to start your scuba diving travel with major set backs.
Try to avoid grabbing attention to your checked luggage. Do not use large scuba diving bags which scream “expensive gear.” Everyone knows how expensive dive gear is, so make you’re your bag does not become another statistic. Consider of using a flexible bag and placing it in a normal larger suitcase.
For more tips on traveling with your scuba gear be sure to visit us at http://www.scuba-snorkeling-adventures.com/scuba-diving-travel.html where you will also find a download-able scuba gear checklist to help you packing for your next scuba diving vacation.
Kris Mifsud- Editor and publisher of http://Scuba-Snorkeling-Adventures.com – a comprehensive Scuba and Snorkeling guide to techniques, equipment and reviews.