FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you still have questions, please feel free to contact us through our website or directly at 303-444-7234 or travel@oceanfirst.blue.

How can I get the most out of my trip?

Get the most out of your dive trip by studying up on both your dive skills and your knowledge of the destination. 

Take a Continuing Education Course

The best divers are the ones who never stop learning! Whether it's been ahwile since your last dive or you are working on leveling up your dive rating, we recommend taking a continuing education course before you go. Most con-ed courses require open water dives, which can usually be completed with your leader while on your trip. If you don't know where to start, our most popular course is Nitrox, which can be completed in an evening and allows you to dive on enriched air, meaning your dives can be longer and safer. Talk with your trip leader to see if they recommend any specific courses before you go. 

Learn Fish Identification

Become a more educated diver and wow your friends with your reef fish identification skills! No longer will you be the one on the boat asking if anyone else saw that, “Big, green fish with the pink cheeks?!” You’ll be confident that it was a parrotfish, specifically a redlip parrotfish!

Learn to identify both the behavioral and morphological characteristics of reef fish that inhabit the Caribbean Sea, the Red Sea, and the Indo-Pacific region. Ocean First Education's fish identification courses will help you to recognize and classify the most common reef fish families.

Check out Reef Fish Identification and a collection of other short courses at oceanfirsteducation.com

Learn about the Country and Culture

Take an afternoon to read about the history, the culture, and the local customs of where you are traveling to. It also helps to print out and practice with a short list of common phrases. Even knowing how to say "hello", "thank you", and "beer" in the local language can go a long way! Online resources are endless (including the country's tourism website), and we love Lonely Planet books. Talk to your trip leader for more information. 

 
 

What if I sign up by myself & do not have a travel companion?

Solo travelers are always welcome on any Ocean First adventure. We will do our best to find a suitable roommate or will offer a reasonable single occupancy rate.

Can I extend my stay either before or after the Ocean First group trip?

Absolutely! Many of our travelers choose to maximize their holiday with a longer stay either at the resort our group trip is booked at or will venture out to explore other options. The travel specialists at Ocean First Travel can offer exciting options and help you with these arrangements.

Can I take some diving courses while on an Ocean First dive trip?

Yes! All of our group adventures are led by an Ocean First dive instructor who can offer a variety of continuing education courses. 

Can Ocean First Travel book my flights?

Yes! Our travel specialists would be happy to help book flights and will find the best itineraries and fares to your destination.

Do I need to be an experienced diver to join an Ocean First dive adventure?

Ocean First has dive adventures for all experience levels. Check with the staff at Ocean First to find a trip that is best suited for your comfort and experience level.

My travel companion does not dive. Can they still go on the trip?

Yes! Non-divers are always welcome and most of our adventures have plenty of activities for a non-diver to enjoy. Check with our staff to see which adventure offers the most options.

Should I secure trip cancellation insurance?

Yes! Trip cancellation insurance gives you peace of mind and protects your investment in the unlikely event of needing to cancel your adventure. Ocean First recommends Divers Alert Network (http://diversalertnetwork.org/travel/)  for comprehensive plans.

Do I need individual diver insurance?

Yes! Most dive operations are requiring divers to show proof of individual diver insurance for your safety. Ocean First Divers recommends Divers Alert Network for individual insurance plans: http://diversalertnetwork.org/insurance/dive/

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