Here in Indonesia there are many places to go shore diving, in fact most dive site across the north coast of Bali are shore dives. Many of our IDC candidates set off to explore Indonesia and ask us, what are the benefits of shore diving? We will briefly examine the benefits of shore diving as opposed to boat diving and the differences in planning the dive.
Why go shore diving?
Diving itself is certainly a fascinating and unique experience. This experience can be altered by the type of diving you undertake. Whether it’s diving with large pelagic marine creatures in open water as opposed to muck diving with weird and wonderful macro species or diving tropical coral reefs as opposed cold water kelp farms or even opting to dive some of the world amazing wrecks. There are many other ways you can expand your diving experience. I am a personal fan of shore diving and would recommend it to anyone who hasn’t tried it before.
As opposed to Boat diving, shore diving has many benefits and advantages. The obvious benefit to shore diving is its logistics and the fact that you don’t need a boat to access the dive site. Not many people own their own boat and therefore would usually need to rent a boat or use a dive operator to go diving. With shore diving, this requirement is totally abolished and divers can simply rent a tank and go diving when and where they like. Many shore diving locations have a local scuba shop, which are more than willing to rent tanks to divers and will very often deliver them. These places are also usually equipped with all the rental equipment you need. Another logistical benefit is that you don’t need to adhere to the schedule of the dive operator i.e. boat departures, pick-ups etc. You can decide between you and your dive buddy what time you decide to go diving and you can also decide what time to take subsequent dives and therefore how long you remain on the surface for. There is also the benefit of not having to deal with the problems of sea sickness, whether it relates to you, your buddy or anyone else on the excursion. There are some established dive sites situated directly on the shores, and there are also those that are not established so there is also the element of adventure and excitement, in diving relatively un-dived dive sites.
Planning a Shore dive
Obviously the first thing to establish is the location of the site you are planning to dive, this may require the use of maps and possibly GPS coordinates. If the site is particularly challenging you may wish to visit the local dive operator to gain any advice about the site and let them know you are diving it.
With boat diving there is always somebody who knows the area and is familiar with the conditions, currents and all the other elements and this is why shore diving requires a more comprehensive pre dive plan and the plan will need to be carried out in a specific planned order
Dives will need to review entry and exit point and procedures. With shore dive there can be many different types of entry ranging from a simple walk off the beach, climbing over rocks or a drop off of a boat ramp. Wave can be present and rough, surge can also be present so it is absolutely vital to over plan the dive.
Another consideration is equipment. When considering boots it’s a good idea to use thick soles boots with a good degree of grip so as to minimize any slipping. Also keeping your hands as free as possible, so as if you do slip you can use your hands to regain your balance. You equipment should be as streamlined as possible and everything should be tucked in as well as possible. As you will be swimming back to sore you are going to swimming very shallow and close to the surface any gauges, instruments or alternate hoses want to be fully out of the way to avoid being caught on something or damaged. Another thing to consider is weight. A little extra weight may be a consideration as you will most likely be swimming very shallow on a nearly empty tank.
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