With the COVID situation under control in some countries, people are already planning to travel to far-flung waters in 2021 and 2022.
COVID complicates long-distance trips.
While divers are planning to adapt to these different trips, travel experts are looking at preparing for the new age of travel.
PADI scuba diving centers like Jerry’s Dive Club in the Maldives are taking the following measures during diving in the COVID pandemic.
Ensure you know your personal health by consulting a doctor; it’s also good practice to check insurance coverage and COVID hotspots during your travel.
- Risk Mitigation – disinfecting diving equipment (snorkel, mouthpiece, etc.) regularly before and after dives.
- Health Checks – temperature checks and SPO ratings to check if you are up and healthy for diving.
In The Air
Here comes the most important part of your travel- Staying safe while flying.
Here are some tips:
- Carry your own food items and snacks.
- Prepare to sleep in your face mask onboard.
- Maintain social distancing at all times.
- You should expect to see healthy temperature screenings.
- Face masks will be mandatory when you travel, except while eating or drinking.
- Above all, do not travel when you feel sick.
On The Boat
Travel to most dive sites will be on board a dive boat.
- Maintain social distancing while traveling in the boat.
- Always keep your mask secure.
- Organise your dive gear in two bags, one for the dive deck and one smaller bag for towels, clothes, phone, hand sanitiser etc.
- Finally, if you think you may be sick or not well, don’t go diving. Postpone your trip.
After Your Dive Trip
When it’s time to head back to the land, let the dive staff know how your experience diving with them.
Here are a few tips:
- Be Mindful – after your dive, be mindful of where your scuba equipment is touching. Ideally, try to place it on your dive bag.
- Go Digital – go digital with your dive logs. Try to upload your dives instead of writing them on your dive logbook.
- Gear Sanitisation – sanitise your gears right after your dive to effectively mitigate Covid-19 transfer risk from your scuba diving gear.
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