How to Choose the Best Dive Site. By: Victoria McLaughlin December 2003. Time to Begin. Choose a destination. Call your travel agent and get some brochures. Research the site and institution leading the dive. Make sure you are given a permit to dive in the country.
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How to Choose the Best Dive Site
By: Victoria McLaughlin
Ensure you check your equipment and your buddy’s.
Never dive alone, follow the buddy system procedures.
Listen carefully to the pre-dive briefing and follow the instructions carefully.
Start your descent without spending much time on the surface, to avoid being swept off the dive point.
Never swim against a strong current.
Make sure you do not exceed a depth of 30 meters.
Avoid decompression stops in open water. You could get swept away many miles from your dive boat.
For additional safety, make sure all your dives are no-decompression dives.
Always carry a flag or a surface balloon to signal in case of distress. Use this if the dive boat cannot be seen when you surface.
Dive Sites in the Caribbean
GRACE BAY AREA: North Eastern side of the Islands
Prolific marine life such as groupers, barracudas, turtles, sharks and manta rays inhabit the area.
1. Coral Gables -- A gentle slope to the wall allows divers to pick their depth. Home to grunts, snappers and groupers.2. Graceland -- This site has a large sand chute and swim-through leading to at wall at 50 feet. The wall has many indentations. Reef sharks swim in the depths off the wall. 3. Grouper Hole -- The mooring is by a deep sandy grotto, the Grouper Hole, with a large coral head in the middle of a sand chute that leads divers to a gently sloping wall. 4. Aquarium -- Enormous schools of grunts and snappers are ubiquitous on top of the wall at the Aquarium. The wall has some spectacular sand chutes that run down through to the reef at a depth of 100 feet.