We, the staff at THE LIFE AQUATIC Dive Center, are dedicated to your fun but above all your safety. This is why we have our basic safety rules. If necessary our staff will give additional advice to keep your dives as safe as possible.
We ask that you adhere to the rules below to ensure that your diving holiday is a fun, SAFE and happy one.
Please note that if you fail to follow these rules or to abide to our Safety Policy, then we may refuse you to dive. We hope you understand that your safety is our upmost priority.
Here at THE LIFE AQUATIC, we do not want to let ill fitting, poor quality equipment stand between our customers and their enjoyable and safe dives. For this reason, we have invested in a range of high quality equipment which hugely exceeds the standard set by our contemporaries.
If you have your own gear, the storage of your dive-gear is at own risk in our equipment-room. THE LIFE AQUATIC will not be held liable for any lost or stolen equipment.
Please take care also of any rental equipment you use. Lost or damaged equipment will be charged according to the price list.
TANK PRESSURE & SAFETY STOP
Plan your dive so you surface with a minimum of 50bar. Don’t look at it as wasted air, but as insurance against the possibility of some emergency that causes your air consumption to increase.
Complete safety stops on all dives that exceed 10m depth. Safety stops assist with reduction of excess nitrogen, which reduces the risk of DCI. They also slow your ascent rate, by forcing you to stop for a period of time. The rule of thumb is 3-5 minutes at 5-6 metres. An additional deeper stop may sometimes be beneficial after deeper dives
Please respect diving safety rules by staying with your buddy during the whole dive. Solo diving will lead to exclusion from diving.
Do a buddy-check before every dive, including a review of important hand signals and procedures.
If you get separated from your dive buddy, look for 1 minute, then surface and give the emergency signal, if your buddy is not at the surface as well.
Entry level divers (OW, CMAS* or equivalent) may dive to a maximum of 18m, or as specified by their training agency. Advanced divers (AOW, CMAS ** or higher) may dive to an absolute maximum depth of 30 meters.
Divers whose certification requires direct supervision of a Divemaster or Instructor (SSI/PADI Scuba Diver or equivalent) can dive to a maximum of 12 meters. Not all dive sites are suitable.
FLYING AFTER DIVING
Wait AT LEAST 12 hours after a single no decompression dive and 18 hours after repetitive, multiple day, no decompression dives (whenever possible, wait 24 hours).
Diving is considered an extremely safe sport and has a much better track record for injury than many other adventurous sports
However, there are known health risks associated with diving, particularly if you suffer from certain respiratory or circulatory conditions. If you do, it does not necessarily mean that you cannot dive, but you will need to see a doctor to ensure diving poses no risk to your health
You don’t need to be an athlete in order to dive, but you should be comfortable in water, have basic swimming skills, and be in good overall health, particularly your respiratory and circulatory systems. If you are considering diving during your holiday, it is worth consulting the list of health considerations. If you want to enrol on a diving course, you will have to complete a medical statement. There are slightly different health requirements depending on whether you plan to make a Try Scuba Diving introductory dive, or take a full SSI Dive Course.
If you suffer from any of the conditions listed (or are worried about them in any way) please visit your doctor to get yourself checked out before you go diving. If you do suffer from any of the conditions listed and you would like to go diving, we require a letter from your doctor or a completed medical form to say that it is OK for you to dive.
It is recommended that you get diving insurance, because, even though scuba diving is considered a safe activity, in the unfortunate event of a diving accident, insurance payouts can run into hundreds of thousands of dollars. Medical treatment in some destinations, and specifically diving related medical treatment, or medical evacuation, can be very expensive. An uninsured person will need to pay out of pocket, sometimes upfront, and that could be a problem for most.
Courtesy of The Life Aquatic, SSI and DiveAssure, all our SSI Try Scuba, Scuba Diver, and Open Water Diver course students are now covered under the DiveAssure StartDive Plan. This plan includes coverage for treatment of decompression sickness throughout your Entry Level diving training FREE OF CHARGE.
If your are looking for diving accident coverage for your diving vacations abroad, DiveAssure’s annual or short-term diving accident programs offer the coverage you need. Click on the link below for more information.