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Kelsey’s Top Five SeaTrek Summer Prep Tips and Tricks

June 5th, 2019 by Seatrek Staff | No Comments

Hey y’all my name Kelsey and I am the ShIP coordinator and a NAUI instructor trainer here at SeaTrek. I have been attending SeaTrek since I was 14 years old. First, as a student for a few years starting as a bright eyed and bushy tailed open water student then moving on to become an intern and finally a full-time staff. With all of those years under my belt I have learned a few tips and tricks I would like to share with you. In addition you can find out even more on our Know Before You Go and our Frequently Asked Questions pages.


Kelsey’s Top Five SeaTrek Summer Prep Tips and Tricks

1. Important Documents First

Before you do anything, gather all your essential documents. I am not joking! Go get your passport, flight itinerary, etc. Great now that you have them, make sure everything is CURRENT and filled out CORRECTLY! I know, this seems silly because it seems so obvious, but because it seems too obvious, we forget to do it! Next thing you know, you are standing in line at security with an out of date passport and let me tell you nothing ruins a day like being told you are not going on the adventure you have been waiting for all winter long. So, do yourself a favor and don’t let these critical components slip through the cracks. It will save you from a big headache. PROTIP: Stay organized; Put all important papers into a folder and keep it in a safe place for use while traveling.

2. Pack Efficiently

Let’s talk about packing. By learning to pack efficiently, you will be amazed about what you can fit in an average sized duffle bag. First, grab your SeaTrek Packing list! Second, lay out what you think you need. Make sure you do this plenty in advance, so you are not in a panic. While packing ask yourself do I really need this? *hint hint* if you pull out five pairs of shoes when the packing list only says two, you don’t really need it. Finally, once you are confident with everything you pulled out and you ensured you have everything on your packing list you can start packing your duffle. To make the most of my space, I roll all my clothes to fit more into my compact bag. This way, I don’t have to drag around a huge bag.

3. Protect your skin and protect the reefs

The sun and the crystal-clear water of the islands will be your backyard and playground for three amazing weeks, which is a GREAT thing… But, you must make sure to take care of and protect your skin – both from the sun and the moisture of the Tropics. We recommend SPF 30+ sunscreen (eco-friendly preferred) and Gold Bond powder to keep you protected and comfortable.  SeaTrek partners with Stream2Sea. An ecofriendly company offering reef safe sunscreen – when  you click the banner on this page  20% of their purchase goes to our PayItShoreward program and SeaTrek Scholarship Fund.

4. Make sure you have cash

If you’re like me, you are used to sliding your little plastic card and completing your transaction. I never used to carry cash even though my mother always told me to, and last year, I learned my lesson when I went down to the islands. Much to my surprise, most places in the islands only accept cash. So, learn from my mistake and make sure you grab small bills before you leave home. It is suggested that you bring around $100 per week. If you are worried about losing it, don’t worry, we can help you keep track of it by serving as your “bank.”

5. Get your gills wet

Whether you just bought new gear or you are using the same equipment as last year. Jump in the water and test them out. You learn in your Open Water course that cylinders need to be visually inspected every year and in my personal opinion so does any gear you will be diving in. Check for crack, broken strap and comfort. You don’t want to get down to the BVI with a leaky mask or fins that rub or make your feet cramp. Getting in the pool to make sure your gear works can save you some serious trouble. PRO TIP from Capt. Kasey Fox, “If you have a new mask, rub toothpaste on the inside of the glass and leave overnight and then wash off. This will help to prevent it from fogging up.”

Thanks for tuning and if you want to keep up with the adventures we’ll be posting photos and updates on our SeaTrek FacebookInstagram, and Twitter accounts all summer long.

Hope these tips help! If you have any questions, email me or Capt. Monk or leave a comment below. If you are a SeaTrek veteran and can think of any tips I missed make sure to share in the comments!

Excited for an adventure filled summer. See you soon!


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