Check Me Out! | All about water, the oceans, environmental issues |

When diving with a new dive operator, there’s a good chance you’ll be required to do a checkout dive. It’ll be the first dive of your stay, in an easy location, usually fairly confined, in reasonably shallow water, and a guide or instructor will accompany you. Checkout dives allow operators to assess your skills and experience level in relation to the requirements of local sites, which will help them guide you to dive sites that will fit your abilities, making your dives safer and more enjoyable.