He flew away, did not promise to return
Another pile of cobblestones hidden under water often awaits the diver and his agent in the language barrier. Unfortunately, there were cases when a diving course booked in advance remained unclaimed, and, despite all sorts of pantomimes of foreign instructors and a choice of 5-6 European languages of varying degrees of “flapping”, tourists returned home with nothing. We have already written that in the absence of a Russian-speaking instructor at the resort, it is recommended to start a course in your hometown: it is much easier to learn the theory in your native language, and the first practical exercises in the pool will help the diver navigate international terminology and find a common language with a foreign instructor. Firstly, many words in diving are borrowed from English, and, secondly, you can always ask the instructor to voice this or that detail in English. Usually divers from all over the world who already have some kind of diving experience, understand each other perfectly.
To make sure that you can cope with studying a course in a foreign language, you can find it on the Internet and read an excerpt from a diving textbook on any international system – PADI, NAUI, etc. This will give an impression of what lies ahead: it happened that Divers confident in their knowledge of the English language were scared at the place of unfamiliar terms and words.
In fact, when novice divers cannot translate some words into Russian, and they are frightened that they cannot correctly understand a particular word – this does not mean that they know English badly. Simply, some words really do not have a translation into Russian or, despite the presence of a synonym in Russian, are borrowed from English divers. For example, “connector DIN and YOUK”, “hovering” and the like.
Other situations in which tourists can return home “not solo diving” are the lack of a dive-certificate, a real diving experience, or a mismatch of the level of training with diving conditions. Imagine that such a dreamer, heard that diving in Malaysia is fine, a tour with a full dive package, will reach the island of Sipadan in a day, and there … he will only have to go snorkeling – or pay extra for a course on the spot, if the knowledge of the language allows. We remind you of an important detail: you can’t dive with a scuba gear without a certificate. For a hand with an instructor (“introdive”), you can not dive at all resorts, and hardly more than once. Remember it is simple: to travel abroad you need an OZP, you need driving license to drive a car, and you need a certificate for diving.
In some reserves, for example, in the south of the Red Sea, there are requirements not only for the minimum certificate level, but also for the number of dives recorded in the log-book. If the log book does not reach the required number of dives (about 20, and about 40), then the diver simply will not be allowed on the route. It’s another thing when there are no official requirements, but experience is especially important: for example, if diving is to be under difficult conditions, for example, during rough seas, strong currents (Maldives, Galapagos) or limited visibility. That is, the “de jure” diver complies with the requirements, and the “de facto” one cannot get pleasure from diving, or even it will not be allowed at all by guides to some dive sites. Remember that first of all it concerns “freshly baked” first-stage divers – those who completed the Open Water Diver course or 1 *.
Other underwater obstacles are related to equipment. The “easiest” mistake is to forget that equipment rental is usually not included in the price of a dive. After all, the diver, in addition to the air cylinders and cargo belts provided, needs a regulator, a suit, a buoyancy compensator, a computer and, of course, “set number 1” (flippers, mask, snorkel). If divers do not carry their gear with them, they will have to rent it on site. Often the necessary dimensions or equipment details must be reserved in advance. The cost of renting equipment averages about USD 250 per week of diving in addition to the cost of diving.
The fact that the diver will have to take some equipment for hire instead of his brought, may be guilty of a small detail: the junction of the cylinders with the regulator, compensator and console, the so-called “connector”, may be of different types. In Russian divers, equipment with a DIN connector is more common, while in resorts there are more often used tanks with a YOKE connection type. We wrote about this in a previous issue. And now imagine a situation when divers, having paid an advantage to all airlines on their way to a diving resort for distant lands, will find that they cannot use the equipment they have brought! And the whole thing – in a small adapter that fits easily in the palm of your hand. You must either make sure they are available in the right amount at the dive center, or divers take them with you.