Local Diving Orientation
As stated earlier, your certification prepares you to dive in environments and conditions similar to those in which you were trained. But when you travel, you may encounter environments and conditions for which your training did not prepare you for. In these situations, you can join a local orientation dive to learn the skills and knowledge required to safely dive at a specific location.
Orientation dives are conducted by local instructors or divemasters. They begin with a detailed site briefing that identifies the site's characteristics, hazards, and points of interest. This is followed by a supervised dive, during which the leader will point out specific hazards and points of interest. After the dive, you'll have a debriefing where you can review what you learned and ask specific questions based on your experience.