A Guide to Safer & Better Shore Diving

Shore diving simply means diving from a shore rather than a boat.

You don’t always have to come from a boat to enjoy the world’s most gorgeous dive sites. That’s why shore diving has increasingly become popular.

However, just like any other form of diving, this requires sufficient experience, knowledge, and caution. Keep the following tips in mind the next time you go shore diving.

Have an entry and exit plan

Most divers commit the mistake of underestimating the important of entry and exit plan. They usually think about how they go in but not so much on how to get out. So be ready to have a plan all the way. The last thing you want is jumping off a high ledge and have zero ideas on how to get back up.

Check weather and current conditions

The tides can be fatal sometimes. When you’re not too careful, these strong currents are enough to pull you too far and out of the safe zone. Before anything else, check if it’s the right time to shore dive. Make certain that it’s 100% safe and secure especially if you’ll be under the water for quite a while.

Be in perfect tune with your fin use

Another rookie mistake some divers make is they have bad timing with their fins. Some aren’t sure how and when to put them on. Be ready to do so when needed. You can either let the water support you as you put on your flip or rely on your buddy’s shoulders.

Physically prepare yourself

Shore diving may require an extended time of snorkeling towards your destination. It also requires a hefty amount of swimming and may require extra energy to fight off currents. This means you will need to physically prepare yourself for this dive. Otherwise, you’re going to tire yourself out.


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