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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

December 2003


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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.

  • ALWAYS check your own equipment.

  • Allow for only one dive-master to take no more than 5 divers under his supervision.

  • Check your dive time tables. Know YOURSELF how long you can dive for, at what depth can you not exceed, and how long your decompression stop should last.

  • Relax, enjoy, and remember a camera!


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Dive Site Safety: To enhance the enjoyment and safety of a dive.

  • All dive sites should be affiliated with a diving organization.

  • The dive guide should jump into the water to determine the exact strength and direction of the water.

  • Tides are an important aspect to consider when diving. One should consider the direction, strength of currents, and one’s own ability before getting into the water.

  • Drift diving is easy and safe (most popular) when conducted with proper care. A knowledgeable dive-master should instruct the divers before setting out.


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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.

Scuba Tips for Beginners


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Dive Sites in the Caribbean


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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.

Turks & Caicos Islands:Best of the Best in the Caribbean


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The Mediterranean: Menorca

  • Beneath the water there is an abundance of life in a environment that is one of the richest marine ecosystems in the Mediterranean.

  • There is an outstanding selection of caverns and caves to dive through.

  • Fascinating ship wrecks surround the Island dating back to 1430.


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Wreck Dives: Croatia

  • The U-81 was one of the successful VII-C class German submarines: she was built by Bremen Vulkan during 1940, and launched during 1941.

  • Unlike the crystal blue waters of Australia and the Caribbean, Croatia’s water is royal blue.

  • Diving in Croatia requires booties, gloves, and wet suit jacket with a hood. Without these accessories, the diver will catch pneumonia.

  • Water is clear and dives do not require torches. The marine life is simple and most ground cover consists of weeds.


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Boston Harbor

  • Three and a Half Fathom Ledge

    • A plunging slope of rock, boulders, and rubble that eventually lead to a mud bottom at approximately 95 feet. A pretty New England dive for all. Do not forget to bring a torch and net…there are plenty of LOBSTERS!


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