Everyone who is a certified diver knows there are certain do’s and don’ts in the diving world, here are a few of our favourite, above and below the water.
Above the water:
Don’t be late; this may be a given but a few always turn up late and leave the rest of the boat waiting around. In some shops and resorts if you don’t turn up on time the boat will leave without you.
Don’t throw things over board; whether its a cigarette, piece of fruit or a plastic bag, anything thrown into the ocean is a big no no, there will be a rubbish bin on board so please put any waste into it otherwise your diving companions may decide to through you overboard!
Don’t leave your equipment all over the place; on board any diving boat each diver will have their allotted area of the boat, there is only so much space on a boat and with a lot of divers it could be a tight squeeze so it’s important to make sure you keep your area in order and don’t spread yourself all over the place! This will also keep your gear from getting lost, broken or used by accident.
Listen to the Boat Master during the Boat Briefing; they are there to make sure everyone is safe and knows where everything is placed on the boat so when they are giving a briefing or orientation of the dive boat please have the common courtesy to listen to them.
Listen to the Dive Briefing; As above the dive briefing is there to let you and the rest of your group know what to expect, what to see and what the safety procedures are of the day. It doesn’t matter how many dives you may have or how much experience you have if you are being guided respect the dive guide and listen carefully to what they are telling you, the information they are giving is important.
Under the water:
Don’t touch & don’t take; this is just standard good diving practice these days, however it still occurs everywhere. We are guests in the oceans, the age old saying goes ‘take only photos and leave only bubbles’. This is also important from a safety point of view; there are some of the deadliest creatures in the ocean, going around touching things that you don’t know is a sure fire way of an accident occurring. If you need to balance yourself or steady yourself try to minimize your contact with the reef; a good tip is to waft your hand in front of the area you intend to use and then once you know the area is clear, place the tip of your finger there and that will help you balance.
Don’t get in the way of other divers; be aware of other divers whether they are a part of your group or another group entirely. Be careful where your fins are and be careful not to knock in to divers in front of you or behind you. Look around and be aware of your settings. If there are photographers in your group be careful not to silt up the area the photographer is trying to capture or chase away the subject of the photograph. Again, if you are a photographer you may want other divers to go in front of you as that way you can spend more time with the subject and focus on your positioning for a little while longer.
Don’t go in front of you dive guide; your guide is there to GUIDE you around the dive site so don’t get ahead of them. They can’t look after the group if you are all going off in different directions.
Be a good buddy; this is a given, it doesn’t matter which diving agency you trained with each of them has some sort of buddy system in place. Remember that buddy system is in place for a reason, the majority of diving accidents occurred when ‘buddies were separated’.
With these points in mind it is important to remember diving is an exciting sport that everyone should be able to enjoy in a safe and relaxed manner!