A well-planned dive holiday is best
Two divers enjoying their dive holiday

- Bjorn Stefanson

Make the most of your next dive trip with these 5 dive tips!

Few divers get to dive as much as they want.

Work, family obligations, and other “distractions” mean that we’re often limited to diving on trips of shorter or longer duration.

For this reason, a number of divers take an occasional, longer dive holiday, going somewhere where diving is good and you can dive to your hearts content.

But when we’re suddenly diving several times a day, we may experience a few minor annoyances caused by the increase in diving frequency.

A few things I’ve found to be helpful to avoid or alleviate some of them.

1. Eat well on your dive trip

Diving burns more calories than most people think.

Hey, we’re in water and we’re just swimming along slowly, so its no different from a day at the beach, right?

Actually, no.

Diving, even in warm water, burns calories from the body maintaining its core temperature. The colder the water, the more profound this effect, but even in tropical waters, diving can burn as much as 500 calories for a one-hour dive.

You can read more about Winter Diving: Taking The Plunge into The Cold

So make sure you replenish the consumed energy, otherwise you’ll find yourself tired, cranky, and maybe even getting dizzy spells.

A dive holiday on tropical waters can burn calories

Diving in tropical waters can burn as much calories. A good meal can help avoid dizzy spells. - Credit: Dmitry Burlakov

2. Drink lots of water on your dive trip

Calories isn’t the only thing that is consumed during diving.

Physical activity and breathing dry air from the tank can severely dehydrate you. And this in turn can cause unpleasant symptoms such as dizziness, headaches, and even increases the risk of decompression sickness!

So make sure you drink more water than you normally would, somewhere between 2 quarts and a gallon a day.

If you’re in a warm area, such as the tropics, compensate for loss of sodium by either drinking a sports drink, or adding a bit of extra salt to your food.

On a dive holiday breathing dry air from a tank causes dehydration

Divers breathing dry air from their tanks causes dehydration - Credit: Sergiy Zavgorodny

3. Bring waterproof band-aids

Our skin is surprisingly resistant.

But rub something against it, such as a the foot pocket of a diving fin, and you can get blisters that can turn into painful wounds.

Bringing a few waterproof band-aids or second skin-type plasters means you can apply these if the problem arises.

Or, even better, if you know where you usually have these problems, apply them before.

On a dive holiday foot blisters from fins are common

The foot pocket of a diving fin is a common source of blisters for divers. Waterproof Band-Aids are essential - Credit: atm2003

4. Bring dishwashing detergent

And a squeeze bottle. No, really.

Putting a wet suit on, and taking it off again, can take its toll on the skin of hands, fingers, and ankles.

But by mixing a little dishwashing detergent with water in a squeeze bottle allows you to squirt some of this into the arms and legs of your wetsuit before donning it, making it slip right on.

Do make sure that:

1) you use biodegradable dishwashing detergent

2) you don’t apply this on wooden surfaces, as they can get very slippery

5. Dive with Nitrox

If you’re certified to dive with Nitrox, consider it for your next dive holiday, even if you’re not doing dives where the extra bottom time matters.

Diving on Nitrox gives you an increased margin of error, as the nitrogen absorption is much lower than with air.

Some divers also report that they feel better, more alert, after diving with Nitrox, so if you feel that way, that’s another reason to use it.

What's your best tip for a great dive holiday? Share it in the comments below!