This age of Coronavirus has been a “dry spell” for many divers around the world. In the past few months, governments across the globe have issued travel warnings and implemented travel bans. Border restrictions and lockdowns have affected the diving sector and many other industries.
Travel restrictions are now slowly beginning to ease as many countries including the Philippines are cautiously reopening tourism. On the 27th of July, President Rodrigo Duterte urged the public to help the country’s economy recover from the challenges imposed by COVID-19 by traveling to local destinations as soon as proper protocols are implemented.
During the 5th State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte said that he is counting on the people’s full support to boost tourism and recreation industries. He also pressed national government agencies and local government units to come up with unified domestic tourism policies and protocols. This will help safeguard travelers from the Coronavirus.
As restrictions on traveling begin to relax, it’s a good time to start planning your diving comeback. Here are some helpful tips to help you safely get back to diving.
Check local updates
Find out about the latest local advisories at your chosen destination to know which activities are allowed and restricted. Check if diving is open in that area before making plans. You can also coordinate with dive operators and liveaboards to know which areas are open to diving during this pandemic.
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Get back in shape
If being cooped up at home has made you inactive and lazy, then it’s time to wake up your senses. Break out of the slump and get moving again. Begin a regular exercise routine to get back in shape and reenergize the body. Being in tiptop physical condition will give you the strength, energy, and endurance that you need to explore the marine environment.
Shed the extra weight
Did you gain extra weight during the lockdown? Be aware that being overweight may put you at risk of developing diving-related health issues such as decompression sickness (DCS). It can also cause health concerns such as high blood pressure and diabetes.
If you have been guilty of eating a lot of junk food and sweets during the lockdown, it’s time for a change. Reassess your food intake and embrace a healthier diet. Combine it with regular exercise to shed the extra weight that you may have gained during the past few months.
Refresh your dive knowledge and skills
If you haven’t been diving for the last six months or more, you might consider getting a Scuba Refresher course. This can help you review vital scuba diving concepts and practice scuba skills.
Get your dive equipment serviced
Every responsible diver should be aware of the importance of proper scuba equipment maintenance. It is important to allot time to visually inspect and clean your gear before and after each dive. Performing other steps are also significant in caring for your scuba gear. Getting your equipment serviced by an authorized technician will ensure that every piece is functioning properly. This will prevent malfunctions and keep you safe during your underwater exploration.
Happy return to the underwater world
Tourism can help the country towards a sustainable recovery. By practicing hygiene standards advised by the WHO and taking proper precautions, you can enjoy getting back in the water without worrying about contracting the Coronavirus. Stay safe and happy diving!