Boat diving is the practice of scuba diving or otherwise known as boat sailing. It is the act of using a boat, usually a power boat, to explore the depths of the sea via scuba diving equipment. In some countries, recreational scuba diving is a sport and is a form of entertainment in which divers can compete with each other. In some countries, the diving license is required before anyone can take the waters.
Boat divers are usually members of a scuba diving club, which requires regular training. The training is usually held in shallow water off the shores of Scotland or Ireland. Once divers have learned all the basic skills, they then need to complete at least one rescue dive in open water. Diving equipment, including tanks and wetsuits, is rented from the dive sites.
Before embarking on boat diving, it is important for divers to get a good amount of gear and take along the proper personal equipment. The gear that needs to be brought depends on where the diver will be going and what he or she is planning to do. Most people who are planning on scuba diving will need to bring enough spare time to invest in buying and/or taking apart the needed gear. If time is very limited, it is best to just rent the gear.
Some of the basic pieces of gear that every diver should take with him are a personal flotation device, a mask, snorkeling gear, fins, ropes, and lights. A personal flotation device is simply a life jacket that allows you to float freely in the water. This reduces the possibility of getting stuck in deep waters and also provides buoyancy to help you move around. A mask is necessary for breathing and should never be left on the boat for any length of time. Most dive sites will also have some kind of lighting system so divers can see their surroundings.
Other diving safety considerations include checking the water temperature, checking the salt content of the water, knowing how deep divers can go underwater without coming up too far from the surface, and learning about scuba diving safety techniques. While scuba diving, it is wise to always keep in mind the important underwater structures that support the marine life. These structures are critical because they help to conserve food and oxygen in the ocean.
When you arrive at the dive site, you should meet the skipper and the other crew members. It is a good idea to do a bit of research before leaving the boat to make sure you know everyone on the crew and that everyone is on task and working as safely and effectively as possible. Make sure you are greeted by a friendly and knowledgeable skipper who can give you guidance and help if you need it. The other crew members should all be safe and comfortable, and you should feel safe and secure as you leave the boat. Once you have left the boat, the skipper may give you a tour of the area, and show you around in detail, but he will probably not allow you to dive on your own.