Are you planning your first sailing trip sprinkled with some diving? Get ready for a world of excitement and unforgettable adventures. However, if you don’t plan your trip well, you will get to bring home nothing but bad memories. Luckily, with these tips, your vacation will be smooth and beautiful.
Consult the Internet
If you don’t know where to start with planning, consult the Internet and find reviews from other travellers. Websites like Yelp and Trip Advisor are great because they offer tips on where to sail, where to dive and where to eat. ScubaEarth is also a great source
of info with dive site ratings, photos and comments from fellow divers.
Pick your destination
Think about the type of sailing and diving experience you want. If you want something lux and high-tech, choose places like Malta. On the other hand, if you want a more authentic wreck dive
, check out North Carolina coast or the Yongala in Australia. If you wish to sail past some specific sites or dive with certain animals like sharks, pick French Polynesia instead of the Mediterranean coast.
Necessary baggage will just weigh you down, so pack light. Keep your clothing neatly rolled and transport your expensive gear like your diving camera and computer in your carry-on luggage. A durable gear bag will also be a nice investment before your trip.
Divers usually struggle with airline weight restriction rules, so make sure to calculate your overweight fees and see what pays off better—bringing your own gear or renting when you arrive. You can also save a lot of money if you choose to purchase gear at your destination. You’re always able to buy quality scuba diving equipment
online and get it delivered to your hotel room. This way, you can travel light at least on your way to your destination.
Splurge on sun protection
While you’ll feel pretty cool during your sailing trip thanks to the wind and comfy temperatures, don’t neglect sun protection. If you combine tropical sun with water and sail reflection, you can end up with severe sunburns. So, pack plenty of sunscreens (at least SPF 15) and put on some quality sunglasses and a protective hat.
While most chartered sailing boats have first aid kit on board, don’t hesitate to pack some extra band-aids, antibacterial creams, pain relievers, seasickness meds, digestive meds and bug spray. It’s much better if you don’t have to use them than to find yourself in a crisis situation without any aid. Just remember to keep all your prescription drugs in their original containers to avoid any issues at Customs. Also, pack some extra medication in case you choose to prolong your vacation or experience delays.
When sailing and diving, you’ll be close to the water at all times, so protecting your important documents needs to be at the top of your list. Pack a few zip lock bags that will keep your documents and money dry and be perfect for packing damp swimsuits and dirty laundry. And if you choose to purchase some Caribbean rum or Australian wine, these zip lock bags will prevent any leaks in your suitcase.
Pack some entertainment
You’ll have plenty of downtime on your sailing trip, especially during inter-island passage or in the anchorage. Pack some fun items like playing cards, books, CDs and other items that will keep you and your family and friends busy and entertained. Also, don’t forget to pack some good binoculars
. While most vessels already have a pair aboard, don’t risk anything and bring your own set for enjoying the surroundings and watching other boats.
Don’t forget your certificates
Dive centres and resorts require you to have your certification with you, so don’t forget to pack your certification card. Carry it with your passport and insurance, so you’ll be less likely to forget it at home. If you lose your card and realize it before your trip, you can order a new one from your dive centre or do it online. There are even e-cards you can get in just a few minutes. These can be stored in your smartphone or Cloud, so you won’t lose them again.
If you pick a good destination for your needs and pack like a boss, you’ll have a fun, relaxing and adventure-filled sailing and diving vacation. So, follow these tips and embark as soon as possible—never waste time when it comes to sailing and diving!