Updated: Jan 14
Sometimes, you can’t dive.
Whether it is life getting in the way, medical reasons or you have been prohibited by the government (sounds cooler than lockdown). If your gills are dry, there are still ways you can be involved in your favourite hobby.
Check out our suggestions for what to do when you can’t dive...
When you have to work from home, wear what makes you happy.
1. Ensure your next dive is a safe one
Having safe dives is our number one priority. To make sure that equipment works correctly, manufacturers have recommended servicing schedules. If you are not diving, this is the most convenient time to have your kit serviced.
Give Aquasport a call to see when your servicing is due. We are open for pre-booked servicing during lockdown. Take advantage of this enforced dry-time to beat the rush for when we are allowed to dive again.
This is also a great time to think about setting up your “save a dive” box to be better equipped to handle any mishaps at dive sites. It’s amazing how quickly you can make friends when you have a pack of o-rings on you.
Whilst servicing can’t be undertaken at home, there are some general maintenance tasks you should do with your kit. If you have hung your drysuit up for the season, this is the perfect time to give chunky items like this a good clean.
As always, you must follow the manufacturers instructions for your equipment or please ask Aquasport if you are unsure.
I like to treat my O’Three drysuit to a bath of water and Milton (a bleach-free antibacterial liquid) when I have lots of time for her to dry out. The boots can take a long time to stop being damp so I put scrunched up newspaper in to help. I also do similar with cleaning the inside of my BCD to get rid of any nasties that might be in there.
2. Label your kit
Kit isn’t cheap. If you are taking care of it through servicing and cleaning, you want to make sure it stays yours.
Adding your name or initials to your kit will help avoid it being mixed in with other divers. I got my hood back very quickly because I had used a sharpie on the inside! There are many solutions available depending on your equipment and creativity levels. I opted for simply writing my name on my fins but some people have beautiful patterns and designs.
Not-quite-white-anymore crew represent!
3. Make a bucket list
You can’t dive right now, but where will you go when you can dive again? Are there any locations you have heard about that are unmissable? Your bucket list doesn’t just have to be about where you go, but why not have a list of what you want to see? Are you more interested in Weedy Sea Dragons, underwater art galleries or the wreck of the Zenobia?
Are there any personal goals you want to make in diving? Do you want to finally get to Master Scuba Diver, hit a week of time at depth or try different types of diving like sidemount or twinset?
Let us know what you want to do and we can see how we will get you there. 4. Study
If you are unable to attend our classes or if we aren’t allowed to run them, that doesn’t mean you can’t do the home study whilst you wait to get in the classroom! Whether you want to learn to dive in a drysuit to take advantage of the incredible diving closer to home or take the next step into becoming a Rescue diver or Divemaster, we can help. We will ship the PADI materials to you and you will be a priority for the next available course.
You can make yourself as comfortable as Aquasport club member Simon Godwin here... 5. Catch up on logging your dives
If you haven’t logged all of your dives, you should. Don’t believe me? Read my previous article - 6 Reasons why you should log your dives. If you have a few dives on your computer but not written them up, now is a great time to do so. If you have been wanting to make the move from paper logs to digital ones, keeping your brain on the wet stuff whilst you are forced to be dry is a great plan.
6. Be nerdy
Even if it isn’t studying for a course, there are still a lot more ways to learn and stay connected to diving.
Whether it is a documentary on Netflix (check out My Octopus Teacher), a terrible movie you can say how they are diving all WRONG (looking at you, 47 Meters Down), gaming (ABZU for peaceful, Subnautica for absolutely not peaceful) or even re-reading your PADI textbooks, there are plenty of ways to stimulate your mind. I’ve been a bit late to the party and loved watching Monty Hall’s Dive Mysteries on Youtube recently.
My favourite fishy book and my favourite PADI book.
7. Sort out your photos and videos
I’m terrible for taking footage then not doing anything with it. Part of my personal diving lockdown has been deleting the rubbish photos I have taken and trimming videos down to just the interesting bit. From there, you can look at improving your media skills such as using Dive+ to make your photos pop or VEGAS to make videos of your trips.
As a warning, hearing that SCUBA breathing on videos really does make you miss being underwater.
Be sure to share what you have on the Aquasport group and inspire other people’s bucket lists!
Ihad forgotten I met this cute butterfly ray until I sorted out my footage in lockdown 2 --- What else do you do when you can’t dive?
Do you have any book or show recommendations to share?
No matter the reason why you are out of the water, I hope to see you under there.