Club Safety Dive Practices

  • We encourage all club members to become DAN Members. Dive with peace of mind knowing you are covered in case the unexpected happens. For more information click here.
  • All club members must dive in buddy teams of 2-4 divers on ALL club dives. Dont forget your buddy checks! You must Ascend and Descend with your buddy, a buddy cannot be left alone on the surface or at the bottom. If you become separated from your buddy, search for him/her for 1 minute and then safely surface and continue to search on the surface. You should discuss and plan your dive with your buddy before each dive.
  • All club dives are non-decompression dives and may not exceed a depth of 130 ft for advance divers or 60 ft for open water divers. Any member who exceed the no decompression limit or descends to a depth greater than their certification allows on a club dive risks termination of their membership.
  • A 3 minute safety stop at 15 ft. is required for all dives deeper than 40ft.
  • All divers must return with at least 500 PSI in their tank. It is recommend that you plan to ascend with at least 1,000 PSI on all dives.
  • When planning your dive it is recommended that you consider environmental factors. Always start your dive into the current, if the current is strong make sure you use the up/down line. Always keep in mind where you are in relation to the exit site.
  • If a buddy pair becomes lost on dives it is recommended that divers surface as a buddy team, locate and signal the OK to the boat, inflate your BCDs and begin to swim back. If for some reason you are unable to swim back inflate your BCDs and Safety Sausages and wait for the boat to pick you up. Buddy teams must stay together on the surface.
  • On a boat dive the boat crew is in charge-their rules go- No arguments or exceptions. Pay attention to any briefings by the boat crew, since every dive operation does things differently.
  • Club Officers and boat Captains can cancel the dive if sea conditions become unsafe for diving.
  • Penetration of wrecks and caves is not allowed on club dives. Swim throughs are allowed only when you can clearly see an exit and when there is little risk of entanglement or disorientation. A Wreck Diving or Cavern certification is highly recommended.
  • Intentionally damaging, harassing, touching, or removing marine life is prohibited on club dives. Proper buoyancy and fin kicks are strongly encouraged on all dives, and members are expected to position their gear in a way that will not snag or damage the environment, or injure yourself.
  • Exceptions are made for properly trainned and licensed individuals for the removal of lion fish, lobsters, and legally speared fish. Lobstering and Spearfishing are only allowed on special organised club dives planned for such event.
  • Observe and obey all rules for safe diving practices per your dive agency and rating level. Any observed instances of unsafe diving practices will result in termination of membership.
  • You should always have a good idea of how much gas you’ve used before looking at your SPG, this will prevent any out of air emergency in the case of a pressure gauge malfunction.
  • Alcohol is not allowed on club dives, regardless of age. Any member seen drinking before or during a dive trip will not be allowed to dive, and risks termination of their membership.
  • Failure to observe any of the above rules may result in the termination of your membership.
  • All Divers are required to own or rent: Mask and Fins, BCD, Regulator with Alternate Air Source, Submersible Pressure Gauge and Depth Gauge, Integrated Weight or Weight Belt,  Dive Computer (on dives deeper than 60 ft), and Dive Flag (for shore dives only).We are in the process of purchasing the required gear to rent free of charge to all club members
  • It is recommended that divers have their own: Exposure Suit, Snorkel

 

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