Komodo offers some of the best diving destinations in the world and if you have decided to visit it for your next trip, you are going to love it! Chances are you’ve done your research and are already overloaded with information. You might have heard that Komodo and Flores’ currents are harsh and only suitable for advanced divers. Don’t sweat it, we’ll help with the safety tips below.
Double-check any equipment you’ve rented
It’s not unusual for the crew to set up your equipment for you. Be sure to check your equipment carefully and ask how long it has been in use and when its last maintenance check was. Never accept old looking equipment, as you don’t want anything to go wrong underwater. Also, ask for a replacement if something doesn’t work properly.
Availability of Emergency Equipment
It’s crucial that emergency equipment, such as a first aid kit, life jackets, and emergency oxygen, is available onboard. When you’re out in the ocean, getting to the nearest hospital in Labuan Bajo may take a long time, which is why having the correct first aid on board is a must, in case of emergency situations. It’s also a good idea to have a signaling tool (SMB) to make a safe ascent and in case you are separated from the group. An SMB will make it easier to spot you from the boat.
Dive according to your comfort and certification
Some dive sites north of Komodo National Park, Crystal Rock, and Castle Rock, may only be for more advanced divers. There are beginner-friendly dive sites if you are a new diver with only a few logged dives. Always stay within your max depth limit according to your certification and, most importantly, dive in the boundaries you are most comfortable with.