4 DIVE TRAVEL TIPs
1. Your primary medical/travel insurance may exclude scuba diving as a hazardous recreational activity and/or may not provide coverage when you are travelling out of Australia. If it does provide coverage, it may pay only a minimal amount for chamber treatments. Divers Alert Network provides insurance and assistance for divers when travelling overseas. See http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/insurance/dive/ for more info.
2. Did you know that you can claim back the GST from purchases you make in Australia, from a single business, totalling $300 or more within 60 days before you travel? So, spend $1000 and receive $90.91 back! Just make sure you keep your tax invoices. Seehttp://www.customs.gov.au/site/page4461.asp for more info.
3. Many divers often think that tropical diving allows you to dive in board shorts or bikinis. When underwater, divers & snorkellers should wear a full length wetsuit or diveskin to protect themselves as they can be inadvertently pushed into coral by another diver or by a current. There are also many “stingers” that can come in to contact with skin & ruin your holiday, cause painful infections & in some cases death. Visit the DAN website for detailed information: http://www.diversalertnetwork.org/…/Coral_Cuts_Scrapes_and_…
. Be prepared to endure some unexpected adventures when you are in these remote, tropical destinations and remember the reason you probably went there in the first place – “to get away from it all”. This can sometimes mean things such as flight delays due to weather (cyclones, volcanic eruptions – “sorry Boss, I won’t be at work until next week as I am stuck in this Resort”), things not running to schedule (“Fiji time” – a good thing in my books), no beer at the resort (the weekly delivery truck broke down and parts will take 3 days to arrive – another good thing in my books – switch to Gin).