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Planning a liveaboard part II

Now that you have found out more about the certification, the fitness to dive test and the route, you can find it here
A few tips for a great first safari diving experience

How was that...? It's better to travel light!

Space on a safari boat is limited, so you can expect your cabin to be very small. Once you're on board, you no longer need shoes and we provide towels.uploaded picture
Bring travel-sized toiletries and it's best to travel with a backpack rather than a suitcase or something that folds easily and doesn't take up unnecessary space. If you still have a suitcase with you, our crew will be happy to stow it away after you have taken out your personal belongings that you will need during the safari. On the day of departure, you will receive your suitcase back in the morning to get it ready for travel.

Travel medications

These are absolutely necessary, especially if you are prone to seasickness (and/or car sickness). Even if you're not usually too affected by waves, spending several days on open water is a whole different story and you never know how the weather will develop.uploaded picture
We do provide these types of medications, but you want to be on the safe side, right?! Even if you have to take medication every day, don't forget to bring enough supplies with you. Also take into account the arrival and departure days.

Bring spare parts for your diving equipment

Not only is there no dive shop to replace missing or broken equipment, but there are usually only two electrical outlets per cabin.
It is advisable to also pack O-rings in different sizes, O-ring grease, spare mouthpieces and cable ties, boltsnaps and double ends in your diving luggage. Also think about spare batteries or rechargeable batteries. Your diving computer still shows full battery power, but after jumping into the water and the first few minutes of diving your device suddenly signals that the battery is empty?
This problem can occur especially on hot summer days. If you have the right batteries with you, you can change them yourself before your next dive.uploaded picture

We also recommend taking one or two charged replacement batteries with you for the diving lamp.

Be environmentally conscious

Use reef-friendly shampoo, shower gel and sunscreen - it's worth it, the reefs will thank you.
Since the wastewater is discharged into the sea, it is also important that you throw the toilet paper in the trash can and not in the toilet.

Wash your equipment only at the end

There are very limited supplies of fresh water on a liveaboard. Therefore, do not wash all diving equipment after every dive.
The only exception is sensitive devices such as diving computers or cameras.

Brush up on your skills

The first dive on a liveaboard is always a check dive.
However, it may be useful to brush up on some skills before the liveaboard, especially if it has been more than a year since your last dive.

Note the no fly time

uploaded pictureDon't forget to plan a dive-free/surface break of at least 18 hours before the return flight. Follow the instructions of the dive computer and the dive guide.

Don't forget to tip

On every liveaboard there is a large crew whose sole job is to make your liveaboard a great experience - dive guides, captain, chef and many more.
Their work is physically demanding and requires very long hours, so tipping is customary. As a rough guideline, you can use 10% of the cost of your liveaboard.

Very important... don't forget to pack your certification, logbook and diving suitability examination.

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