Scuba diving has become very popular in recent years as the diving holiday sector of the tourism industry has developed and hire operators have sprung up in all the corners of the globe.
Dive operators offer all the
equipment needed to dive including oxygen tanks, masks, wetsuits and also offer expert knowledge on the best dive sites in their local region. Even the amateur or first time diver can dive easily anywhere in the world as instructors are able to dive hand-in-hand with inexperienced or unqualified divers.
They are also able to offer five day long PADI courses, which will enable newcomers to qualify for the PADI, open water diving certificate. Upon obtaining this certificate, a diver will be able to dive alone and even partake in perhaps the most exciting activity of
all, a night dive. Courses are usually run within safe depths of up to 30 meters and decompression chambers are often available at the dive center or resort. Accommodation normally comes in
the form of a hostel or simple chalet-type accommodation. Resorts are always located within close proximity of local dive sites. Whilst at sea for prolonged periods, accommodation is usually in simple bunks or berths aboard a boat.
Diving locations can be selected based on the particular individual's needs. Popular types of diving include diving for sharks, reef diving and wreck diving for ancient
shipwrecks. The world really does have some incredibly beautiful dive sites on offer including the Great Barrier Reef (Australia's Northeast coast), the Red Sea (Egypt and Israel), the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and many of the Micronesian and Caribbean coral atolls and reefs.
Careful consideration should be taken into account when packing for a dive holiday and you should perhaps consider packing light with a duffle bag or
similar as these are easily stowed away on boats. Pack casual clothes that
you will feel comfortable in
as well as items such as sun cream, sunglasses, insect repellent and all necessary forms including your insurance policy.