Check-List: What to Bring
- 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.