It’s been in the 80s this week in MD, so it’s time to start thinking about getting ready to this year’s season of scuba diving.
I found an article by PADI Course Director, John Rusho entitled “Get Ready For Dive Season!“.
Here’s the short checklist:
- How’s my physical conditioning? Did I get way out of shape over the winter?
- How are my skills (both in-water and out of water)? Do I need some confined water practice or review?
- Am I (still) familiar with emergency procedures?
- Am I looking at some new dive sites this year? Do I need to get familiar with the new place?
Read the full article for his complete take on the subject.
A couple of things I didn’t see mentioned that I would add are
- Has your gear been serviced in the off season?
- Dive Computer
- How’s your wet/dry suit? Any patches/fixes to be made?
- Do you own your own tanks?
- When is the VIP date on your tank?
- Is your Hydro date coming up this season?
Consider taking all your gear out of the closet (or wherever you keep it) and just go over it all. Make sure there’s no little maintenance problems you forgot to get fixed last season. None of us want to roll into the dive shop and ask for a rush repair or service job because we forgot to get it taken care.
Have a great (and safe) diving season!