Dive Guru™ – Going Tribal

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The guru might have, once or twice – well in the past before enlightenment status, been accused of trying to start his own tribe. Fortunately, for everyone involved, it didn’t work out too well.

But, it wasn’t until the Guru looked into what tribes are actually made of that the failures made any sense. At its most basic, a tribe is a group of two or more people, united by a passion, an idea and a leader. Is that a simplistic explanation? Yes. Does it go a long way towards describing what you and I are all a part of when it comes to the dive world? Yes.

Guru Tribal

That’s why the misguided Guru youth couldn’t set up the tribes necessary to bring about the plans for world domination. Did I just say that? Forget that last part. Back to dive tribes.

If you’re reading this you’re more than likely a diver and probably a PADI Diver to boot. What that means is that you’re part of the global PADI tribe. You’re part of a larger movement that includes 135,000 PADI Divemasters and Instructors, 6000 PADI Dive Centers and Resorts, 180,000 PADI Diving Society members, at least one Guru and nearly 20 million certifications issued since PADI began in 1966.

That’s a pretty significant movement to be part of. And, as you have likely noticed or read, the PADI people think that 20 million certifications issued over the years is a pretty big deal. That’s why there’s a contest on with a prize of a dive trip to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef aboard the Spirit of Freedom.

Now, the Guru isn’t a geography expert by any stretch of the imagination, but by my reckoning unless you live in Cairns you’ll need to hop on a plane to get there. And in the spirit of making dive travel easier for everyone – especially the lucky trip winner – here are a couple of tips to help travel go a bit easier.

  1. Passport and Visa

    Sound obvious? Yes. In fact, this might not sound like a Guru-level tip, but the consequences of messing this one up are pretty ugly. I’ve seen it happen on a trip to the Cayman Islands. Don’t let this ruin your holiday. Make sure you have a current passport – with the right visa – with you on your way to the airport.

  2. Airline Baggage Allowances

    It’s getting harder to bring your own dive gear in an affordable fashion and you need to check baggage allowances ahead of time. Remember, if you’re connecting some flights to a tiny island, your overall baggage allowance will be dictated by the smallest plane. Plan accordingly. Also, it pays to check and see if the airline has some deals for divers. Air Tahiti Nui, for example, allows one additional free bag of dive gear up to 23 kilograms (that’s 50 pounds for the metrically-challenged) in addition to the published free allowance.

  3. Skip Checking Bags With Airlines

    Hire your gear at the destination entirely or pack your essentials like mask, regulator, etc. and hire the rest. This is the Guru’s preferred method of travel. Roll up to the dive center, hire the gear, dive like crazy, return gear, board plane (after the requisite surface interval to off gas of course). Easy. Or lazy. One of the two.

These are just a couple of the most obvious travel trips for flying. What are your best travel tips? Share them in the comments below.

Oh, good luck to the newest member (or the diver continuing his or her education) of the dive tribe who is lucky number 20 million – have a great trip.


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