Shore diving presents different challenges diving from a boat. Check here and prepare yourself before you head out.
1. Research the site. Make sure you know everything about the dive site before you reach it. Read guidebooks, maps, websites, anything that will give you a clearer idea of what you will be faced with when you get there.
2. Be Prepared. Plan your entry and descent before you enter the water and make sure you are absolutely clear on what will happen when you get into the water. This is especially important when the water is rough.
3. Take your time. Rushing an entry can make you tired and susceptible to stress, as well as risk injury. Slow down and make your entry as smooth as possible.
4. Float as soon as possible. Once the water reaches your chest, try to float using your buoyancy control device. Take a moment to catch your breath and let your buddies catch up.
5. Remember sunscreen. On hot days, entering and exiting the water will leave you exposed to the sun for longer than you would expect. Anticipate this, and make sure you apply plenty of sunscreen.
Hopefully these tips will point you in the right direction when you are planning a shore diving trip!