Proof of your dive competence- PADI, CMAS, NAUI, SSI, or other recognized dive-certification.
A recent Log-Book, if available, this will help to illustrate your knowledge and experience.
Gear- Everyone has their preferences for diving gear. In Costa Rica you can rent it all, wet-suits, masks, fins, weights, BC’s, and of course filled tanks. If you prefer, you can bring your own, or select some pieces to take along with you, and then pack a credit card to rent or purchase the rest.
If you are bringing your own wetsuit, make sure it is between 3 mm and 5 mm in thickness. Suits are available for rental or purchase in local dive shops here.
Most dive shops will only cater for ‘Yoke’ or ‘International Tank’ connections, those divers using DIN first stage connections are advised to bring their own adaptors.
Traveler’s Health Insurance- although the country offers free ‘Emergency Medical Treatment’ to visitors it is always advisable to take out ‘Travel Health Insurance’.
A few divers have reported incidents where their valuables, topside, were pilfered whilst they were diving. Avoid this risk by taking only the necessities with you on the dive. Make use of security deposits in resorts and hotels; discuss the presence of any important articles remaining topside with the dive-captain or tour operator, and ‘entrust’ those articles to their care, so that someone is accountable for them.
Please read our warnings about ‘rip currents’ and observe all the rules of safe ‘Buddy-Diving’.
Deep-divers are cautioned to observe the decompression rules and factor them in with scheduled air-travel.
For additional safety, let the resort, hotel, or someone else ashore know your plans for:
o Time and point of departure (ETD).
o Destination and expected duration.
o Expected time of arrival (ETA).
Use the on-line facilities to plan your dive trip before making a booking. Research the dive tours, descriptions, cost, and availability, then plan a great dive-vacation.