Although Bali can be a destination for being inundated with wild party goers who run wild, there are plenty of areas where solo female travellers can have their own time. They can just kick back and enjoy some relaxation in this beautiful destination. So, whether you love to relax by a serene beach or enjoy meeting locals, the island of Bali has you covered. Also, there are famous areas in this popular holiday destination where you can avoid the crowds and enjoy vacationing in a laid-back part of the world.Continue reading “The Solo Female Traveller’s Guide to Bali”
Must Know ! Scuba Diving – Hand Signals
Scuba diving is a sport that requires prior training before going for it in deep seas. One of the important things to be learnt is the hand signals for easy communication underwater. This is very essential as it keeps you together with your team and alerts them if one of you is in danger. So it is important to get it right to avoid miscommunication that may lead to a bad scuba trip. Below are the common signals that are widely known among the divers.Continue reading “Easy Scuba Diving Hand Signals You Should Know”
Bali is one of the most awaited destinations to visit by tourists around the world. Due to the unpredictable and unstable situation, after several attempts Bali is on their toes to reopen its gates for visitors. Bali in its initiative has started the mass vaccination campaigns followed by opening the “Green Zones” for International Tourists with all the safety protocols practiced.
Mass vaccination of locals is prioritized and implemented in full swing by the government to control the loss of lives due to COVID-19. As of now 3 provinces Ubud, Nusa Dua and Sanur are recognized as Green Zones that are preparing for the 3rd phase of reopening. Now in Bali, domestic tourists among Indonesia are allowed to travel in and out of Bali by producing one vaccination certificate or a negative PCR test result with strict safety protocols. Bali’s COVID recovery rate is 90 percent which is a good sign, but surely this pandemic has affected Bali’s economy to a larger extent. Tourist Visas and Visas on arrival have been suspended, hopefully to change by 2022 whereas few domestic flights operate across the country.
However Bali Government allows people with certain Visa types such as Temporary Stay Permit (ITAS), Permanent Stay Permit (ITAP), Diplomatic visa, Service visa, e-visit visa, APEC Business Travel Card or travelling supported by Travel Corridor Arrangement (TCA) only if they have not been in India for past 14 days. The only alternate way for foreigners to enter Bali is to travel by B211B visa, which is a business visa that is valid for 6months with a 4 extension where each extension allows you 30 days of stay. This visa requires proof that the company is funding a foreign national in Bali.
Current surge in COVID cases leading to a less conducive situation in Indonesia has postponed the earlier planned date of September reopening, thus the next date is yet to be decided by the government. Number of cases spreading over islands of Indonesia, the Bed Occupancy Rate in Bali and Java has been low, leaving us with a positive hope. Bali has been safeguarded with Level 4 community restriction that includes closure of tourist spots, restriction of malls, restaurants, bars and Café timings that operate with a curfew of 8PM. Other essentials such as supermarkets, grocery shops, and markets are open to the public until 8 PM with 50% capacity following proper safety measures. Pharmacies are accessible 24/7 for the inmates.So Yes! Bali is in its bubble healing and recovering with all preps to open soon to its guests around the globe. Hopefully with pandemic fading away with lots of positivity and soothing vibes Bali will be all set to be cherished. Let’s keep our Mind, Heart & Health safe and strong in these tough times and Hold on to prayers.
All about Snorkeling – A Beginners Manual
What Is Snorkeling?
Do you wonder what the difference is between Scuba diving and Snorkeling? Snorkeling is all about staying in the surface waters to experience the underworld treasures equipped with masks, a snorkel, and fins. Snorkeling doesn’t involve risk as of scuba diving thus it can be done by anyone who is aware of basic swimming. It doesn’t engage major expense, specific training, or immense physical effort. Snorkeling perks are health benefits as it commits water-based activity to an extent and presents you the lifetime opportunity to know, hear, see and feel the underworld kingdom and capture the mouth-stuck moments of nature.
How to snorkel?
1. Get Used To Your Equipment
The most essential thing is to feel comfortable with your equipment. Make sure you are the first user of the snorkeling kit. Pick a kit that fits your face aptly by tightening the mask strap. Beginners, it is fundamental to practice the breathing control with the mask before you hit the water.
2. Put Your Face in the Water
Getting used to the snorkel is the next important thing. Beginners should practice in the water by putting their face into the water. Also one should know how to remove water if it gets into the snorkel via the provided valve or at the end.
3. Float and Breathe
The next stride for the beginners is to practice breathing while floating, which is taking the legs off from the sea bed / floor of the pool. Body floats naturally in the oceans, thus snorkeling is a relaxing sport but it is necessary to stay calm at all times.
4. Fin & Swim
Now it is all set to start your baby steps in the water. Prime thing is to stay in a horizontal position and start to swim using your fin downward beneath the water surface. 20 fin movements in one minute is all that is needed to proceed forward in waters, while the hands to be alongside the body or to be tied at the back to attain fluidity. The more energetically you use the fins the faster you swim.
A good Snorkeling kit is worth spending that gives you a pleasant experience inside the waters.
Mask & Snorkel
It is essential to choose a mask that suits you. Masks are available in many shapes and sizes but it is damn important to pick one that doesn’t leak. When you breathe your nose and your mask seals with your face and stands intact without the support of hands holding it, then that is the one you should grab. It is equally necessary that masks don’t fog often. Spit and rub technique is usually advised for defogging the masks. Beginners know how to clear the water in your masks if it is flooded.
Fins are vital to fit you apt that are not too loose or too tight or it may totally spoil your water ride. It is generally recommended to rent your fins as they make a distinct difference in your swim. Beginners remember not to kick and damage the corals and other underworld treasures.
On a full day snorkeling, it is preferred to wear a rash guard or a t-shirt that acts as the protecting layer from the sun. Use materials that are biodegradable and have a prominent SPF but do avoid sun block as it may be harmful to the corals inside.
TIPs for Snorkeling
1. Preparation- Prepare for your snorkeling trip so that you are struck by surprises on your way.
2. Improve your Swimming – Swimming is the basic technique required for snorkeling, practice freestyle swimming that makes you a better snorkeler. Swimming helps to improve muscle capacity and firmness as it involves kicking technique thus it helps in effortless snorkeling in ocean waters. If you are a well-trained swimmer then you can ignore the swim vest provided in certain snorkeling kits. As these vest blocks your movements in the water but aids in floatation. Beginners get your swimming skills right to have a safe snorkeling trip.
3. Practice – Swimming is normally a thing but swimming with fins is a technique to master for snorkeling. The attached fins give the additional weight and drag to the muscles that might end up in muscle cramps if not practiced well. The best way to get used to it is by practicing with the fins focusing on the technique, speed and distance covered.
4. Improve your Breath Hold – Among many Snorkelers out there stay at the water surface and use the snorkel for breathing. But few among them do dives at times to watch out for the exotic underworld reserves by holding their breath. Thus practicing and improving the breath holding capacity one can use the snorkeling trip to the fullest. Diving clubs help individuals to work on breath holding technique.
5. Conserve Energy While Snorkeling- A lot of energy is lost while snorkeling, as waters usually have higher heat capacity than air thus the body loses a lot of heat in the process. Swimming with attached fins also requires energy to be spent to move forward. Going on a Snorkeling trip eats up a whole long day thus it is vital to conserve energy wherever possible. Fear is one major factor that drains the divers, so especially for beginners it is very crucial to be relaxed, calmed and slow down on the fin activity. Snorkeling doesn’t require hand activity as for swimming in pools, fin movement is more than enough to move forward and actually said to cover quite a distance with minimal activity. Also splashing of water due to hand stroke may shoo away the marine organisms in the under water. So guys make a point, being relaxed in waters is a first big step in snorkeling.
6. Conserving Air while Snorkeling- Make your breathe-in & breathe-out count a bit longer and slow. Breathing in Snorkel is different from normal breathing, it demands deep breaths. Deep breathing also aids in relaxing, lower heart rate and conserves energy.
7. Snorkeling Deep – Snorkeling in Surface or reaching deep is always one’s choice. Make sure you are comfortable and confident of your choice. For Pursuing Deep snorkeling one should be extremely causal and composed, take deep controlled breaths such as that fills and empties the lungs entirely, reach the diaphragm to the torso. Dive in once you are ready and lift your legs with fins upwards, and it is important not to hyperventilate and know one’s breath holding capacity.
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Fear about your first scuba diving trip?
Don’t worry about it! We have put a guide to planning & going about your 1st diving experience!!!
What can you expect from this Bali diving beginners guide?
Bali Indonesia is extremely great for scuba diving for many reasons; it’s cheap & best, it offers rare & unique sightings, the top-side scene is amazing, the culture amazing, the beaches paradise, and the list goes on like.
From trained divers to complete beginners scuba diving, Bali has one of the top dive destinations in the world!
Scuba Diving is a sport that many lookup to. There are many diving schools and experienced trainers who guide many newbies who try it for the first time. First time is always a fun experience but it involves a bit of risk if not given prior caution and small training sessions. Listed below are the few tips for beginners to avoid any mishap.
1. Listen to your diving instructor always
The most essential thumb rule for scuba diving beginners is to listen to their instructor. Most Instructors are professionally certified and have years of diving experience. They might have encountered several hurdles in their past dives and are well aware of the adversities that a beginner may encounter.
2. Know your diving material
One of the key elements that your dive coaching centers emphasize is the knowledge on the dive material. Without the ideas on the dive suit any instructor will not allow the beginners for their first dive. These classes are imparted to the students in detail for their dive qualification and certification. Now there are many options such as e-learning systems available to get the coursework before the coaching starts that helps in better understanding while practicing.
3. Double Check All Your Scuba Gear
If you are all set to scuba dive and on your way to the dive site, it’s the time to set up the scuba gear. It is recommended to take enough time to fit all the essentials properly and double check before you get in. Remember beginners’ voice out your doubts even if it is the silliest no one is going to judge you. Safety is more important to experience the fun underworld.
4. Make Sure you’re fit to Dive
Staying fit to dive is very vital. If you are a first timer it is recommended to take a medical examination to make sure you are fit for Scuba diving. A beginner should require a medical certificate stating his health condition while starting his training classes. Tourists who want to have a scuba experience if they are generally healthy and fit should not be a problem. Even if you are professional divers, if you are not physically well 100% it is better to skip the dive. One of the major don’ts is when individuals are in their hangover or head cold they should not dive to prevent any blunder.
5. Equalize Frequently as You Descend
The change of pressure occurs when you reach the depth of the waters while scuba diving. Thus while descending it is necessary to equalize your ears and it should be done at frequent intervals to avoid hurting the inner ear or any pain in the ears. This is similar to the pressure changes on a flight.
6. Be a patient diver
Patience is one of the qualities required to learn Scuba diving. Many scuba divers assume that they know all about the entire process and get in the water straight away, but this thought is too unhealthy and risky. Scuba diving is a sport that requires scrupulous training inside and outside the waters. Any learner would require a solid amount of time to imbibe, learn, execute the skills, and to gain experience after many mistakes made. The longer learning curve results in safer diving journeys for any diver. Thus Scuba Diving demands patience to inner self and with others.
7. Keep an Eye on Your Air Gauge
Air gauge is equipment that shows the measure of air left with you during your dive. Divers can only stay in the waters as long as they have sufficient air with them to breathe. It is very essential to keep an eye on the half and quarter mark of your oxygen tank so that divers can plan their return accordingly. Let your instructor, guide or your dive buddy know the amount of air left with you periodically, keep in mind eventually one is responsible for their own air consumption.
8. Dive within the Limits of Your Dive Computer
Dive computer is something some divers take along with them. This helps to view the amount of time left in each depth, it is necessary to check it in regular intervals. If divers don’t have a computer it is best to follow their guide without trying anything new such as going deeper than others which is very harmful. Recreational Scuba diving limit is 40m deep it is best to avoid ascending below this depth as the scuba insurances also set this point as the lowest limit.
9. Stay close to your dive buddy
Staying close to your dive buddy is a major point to remember. This involves the safety of your own self and everybody in the group. Following and catching up with your dive buddy is very important as you are each other’s lifeline. If you are beginners, stay close to your instructor. Divers should not get distracted and should not go alone following a unique creature that may lead to a disaster.
10. Don’t Touch Anything
It is strictly advised not to touch anything under the water. Thus it is important to maintain the apt buoyancy so that it is easy to move around the waters without wanting a support to touch. If the coral reefs are touched the organisms may be damaged. Some creatures are poisonous when touched that might bite you back when felt threatened. So it is best to tie your hands for nature and your safety.
The above are the meticulous tips to be followed by a scuba diving beginner to have a safe diving experience.
Diving is a relaxing & best hobby, but there is also a very dangerous side to it. As a beginner you must focus and learn. As you gain more experience then you will start to become Scuba Dive.