SCUBA RULES for on-site diving
Scuba Diving is FUN and not intended to be complicated (as it may appear with this list), but with regular practice and implementation of these safety steps, diving will become a lifelong safe and FUN activity.
Risk Awareness Liability form: Before Diving the Risk-Awareness waiver is to be signed, dated and witnessed for every dive day (download form here). Print out form and bring to shop to save-time.
The RISK-Awareness 3 video is required viewing (annually), and can be viewed on your smart phone CLICK here. After viewing sign a verification card for the year.
C-CARD: Divers provide their c-card and log-book as proof of certification and of recent dive activity.
REFRESH: Divers that logged their last dive over 18 months ago will need a refresher-course.
(Refresher-classes can be provided at a fee)
BUDDY: Always dive with a buddy and be in view of each other. Know the lost-buddy rule
Lost buddy rule: STOP, look around area for 1 minute, if you cannot find buddy…SURFACE slowly, both divers should be at surface within 3 minutes, if NOT – take next step (as listed in the EAP)
EQUIPMENT: Scuba equipment needs to be within manufacturers required maintenance and serviced condition, with proof indicating so (air delivery system & BCD). Every diver needs to use a complete diving system as described by the WRSTC STANDARDS for consistency. (Equipment service is available &. rental gear is available).
WEIGHT: Use proper weighting (amount of weight) for every dive. Keep track. Know how to ditch them in an emergency.
LOG-BOOK: Always use your log-book as your check-list to prepare for every dive, and post-dive analysis.
LIMITS: Never dive beyond your level of training (Specialty Training is always available).
RISKS: Every Diver needs to know the risks of diving, accept responsibility to handle the risks and sign off a waiver indicating this every dive day.
DIVE FLAG: Always use a dive flag to allow surface view of your location, and keep the hostile pontoon boaters away.
SAFETY: Stress and Rescue certification is highly encouraged as SAFETY training to be a very prepared diver.
All divers are encouraged to earn their First-Aid, CPR, and O2 administration. (Moby’s offers both of these classes as a Specialty class)
SICK: Do not dive when you are sick or tired, physically and/or mentally taxed.
CUT: Always have a cutting tool easily accessible and know how to access it – and use it (fish line, rope entanglement).
600 psi: Never dive with less than 600 psi in your tank. Plan your dive to be at surface with 600psi.
EMERGENCY: Be proficient in your emergency dive skills and every drill by practicing often (run through on every dive)
All divers are to be aware of the E.A.P. (Emergency Action Plan)
Notes to NEW Divers: Diving is easy, but being prepared by using your check-list (log-book), practicing your skills and diving with safe-functional-fitted equipment is crucial to divers safety and long term enjoyment.
MINORS must dive with an Adult, (parent or guardian).
Learning-Curve: It will take a new diver 15 – 20 dives to get through the learning-curve and really start enjoying diving. Plan on this.
7 out of 10 dives that you ever do will be OK to excellent. The remaining 3 (poor) dives are to be considered “Training Dives”.Learn from the ” less than perfect” dive adventure and make it count.
Dive within the level of your trained ability
Ensure all of your equipment is secured (snug) and easily accessible.
Never hold your breath while scuba-diving. Always breath – inhaling and exhaling fully.
Do not dive if you are not prepared and/ or not comfortable for any reason. However some initial dive training may be uncomfortable and if so, communicate this to the Dive Leader.
Never leave your dive buddy
Always dive with currently serviced and safe functioning gear.