The ride to the Bali scuba dive site can take minutes or hours, depending on where you are. Once the boat anchors at the site, Bali scuba diving begins only after the captain or crew give the okay. Typically a crew member brief's you about Bali scuba dive procedures, which you'll need to listen to closely. Pay attention to crew briefings, because they include important information you'll use to plan your Bali scuba dive with your buddy, such as current strength and direction, the depth, emergency procedures and similar information. If you fail to pay attention to crew briefings, you can put yourself and your buddy at risk.

As you gear up, be careful with heavy equipment. On a pitching boat, it's easy to lose your balance and hurt yourself, and dropping tanks or weight belts can damage the deck. When putting on your scuba unit, get someone to assist you and help you stay balanced. Many Bali scuba dive boats have benches and racks that make it easy to slip into your gear while seated. To don a weight belt, step over it rather than swing it around your waist.

Be careful walking with equipment on. Equipment changes your center of' gravity and makes your balance awkward, all the more difficult if the deck is slippery and the boat rolls. If necessary, hang onto railings and handholds as you move, and don't try to walk with fins on. Put your fins on immediately before entering the water, using a rail or your buddy for balance.

When you and your buddy are ready to enter, check with the Bali scuba dive master or a crew member, and enter where they tell you to. The most common entry when you Bali scuba dive from large Bali scuba dive boats is the When you and your buddy are ready to enter, check with the Bali scuba dive master or a crew member, and enter where they tell you to. The most common entry when you Bali scuba dive from large Bali scuba dive boats is the giant stride, but from smaller vessels you may use a controlled seated entry or a back roll. If you have a physical challenge that requires a different entry, let the crew know so they can accommodate you. Be certain the entry area is clear before entering.