As an instructor I always wonder why divers spend their hard earned money on dive trips and don’t take the time to refresh their skills before the trip. I see divers spend several dives just getting comfortable with diving again, when all they would have to do is to take advantage of some local diving or even getting in a pool with their gear and practicing their skills. Even if their local diving is not the best it would make their trips more enjoyable if a trip was made to the local lake or pool to get comfortable with their equipment and skills before a trip. This way they can enjoy the whole trip, instead of spending a portion of the trip just getting comfortable with diving again. I encourage divers to take advantage of their local diving even if it is not the best conditions, because it keeps everything fresh. That way when you go on your spectacular exciting trip you can enjoy the whole trip, instead of spending time refreshing.