Ocean diving is a whole new world
IN MANY parts of the world, scuba diving takes place in lakes, quarries, caves and rivers.
Access is usually from the shore. In Queensland, most diving takes place in the open ocean from a boat.
Boats can vary in size from a tinnie, which is a small boat with an aluminium hull, to a large live-aboard boat.
Queensland has strict regulations which cover diving from a boat.
Each boat skipper is required to give a detailed dive brief before each dive.
Information such as the maximum depth of the dive and the maximum time allowed for the dive is provided.
If there are any potential hazards, these are fully explained by the skipper.
The better the diver is prepared for the dive, the smoother the dive will be.
Scuba diving gear can be cumbersome.
When assembling dive gear, it is important to get into the same routine.
It is far better to assemble the gear before the boat departs rather than wait until the boat arrives at the dive site when conditions can cause the boat to roll about at the surface.
Boat diving generally offers the most spectacular diving.