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Guide To Diving In Komodo Currents

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The Komodo National Park is home to some of the most pristine and abundant marine life – the currents can be strong, bringing in plankton that feed the many manta rays, and sharks that love finding themselves amid the powerful water movement.

At Uber Scuba, when it comes to diving, our prime concern is the safety of our clients. Read on for our top tips on ensuring you are prepared for the currents of Komodo….

1. Your Physical Form

You need to be absolutely healthy to undertake any such diving activity. Make sure you’re physically fit, mentally relaxed, well rested, and adequately hydrated. On board the boats of Uber Scuba we offer free flow water and we encourage you to drink 1 liter for every dive you do. Talk to our guides and instructors about any concerns and insecurities you may have – there is plenty of time to speak to one of our friendly staff during the ride to the dive site and each 60-minute surface interval.

 

 

2. The Briefings

Pay attention to every word the guide says in the briefing before you dive. Uber Scuba’s highly experienced instructors and dive masters will give out important details pertaining to the dive plan, including communication, maximum dive time, emergency procedure and entry and exit process before every dive. Keep out a watch for any signals by the guide that direct you about the next course of action underwater. Check your air regularly yourself, and signal when you are down to 100-bar and at 50-bar which is where we will end our dive – though we will ask you every 20 minutes.

 

 

3. Safety Check before Diving

Always check your equipment before diving – remember B.W.R.A.F (BCD, Weights, Releases, Air, Final OK). The Uber Scuba Komodo dive crew will make it a point to remind you to do this. You will be provided with a full set of recreational dive equipment and a whistle, with surface signaling devices available if needed, to assist you in trouble-free diving endeavors.

 

 

 

 4. The Underwater World

When you’re underwater, make sure you stay close to the group and follow your guide at all times. Streamline your body, and maintain neutral buoyancy. In the presence of currents keep close to the bottom or to the reef. We do not wish to harm any aquatic life so ensure your gear is secured and not dragging along the bottom of the sea bed. Emulate the movements and positioning of your experienced guide.

Article and photos by Uber Scuba Komodo

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