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Dive Standards for GRRS

For Divers
When you are coming to dive with us please bring your Dive certification and DAN Insurance information with you. We will need proof of these before any dives can be carried out.
Please note that all research dives done from GRRS will be accompanied by a local Dive Master (DM). Aside from being a legal requirement, our DMs will help to coordinate and plan your dives, leaving you to concentrate on data collection.
It is your responsibility to plan your dives thoroughly, making sure all divers are aware of the max. dive time, max. depth and emergency procedures. In addition make sure the captain is made aware of the dive plan, and the daily research schedule is discussed with the Station Manager.
Divers should carry a buoy line, either a permanent marker buoy on the surface or a deployable SMB tube for during your safety stop.
The Boat Captain should always be informed about the dive plan (especially max. time).
Our boats are equipped with a First Aid Kit, Oxygen, Life jackets, Tools and spare parts.
GRRS provides tanks and weights only. You as a diver will need to bring all other scuba equipment with you: Fins, mask, snorkel, regulator, alternate air source, buoyancy control device (BCD), quick release weight belt or integrated weight system, dive computer or timing device & depth gauge, compass, dive knife or dives tools, whistle, and an SMB (surface tube or flare).
In the event of breakage or lack of certain equipment, there is opportunity to rent it from neighbouring resorts.
Dive safety at GRRS reflects those of PADI Standards:
1. Maintain good mental and physical fitness for diving. Avoid being under the influence of alcohol or dangerous drugs when diving. Keep proficient in diving skills, striving to increase them through continuing education and reviewing them in controlled conditions after a period of diving inactivity, and refer to my course materials to stay current and refresh myself on important information.
2. Be familiar with my dive sites. If not, obtain a formal diving orientation from a knowledgeable, local source. If diving conditions are worse than those in which I am experienced, postpone diving or select an alternate site with better conditions. Engage only in diving activities consistent with my training and experience. Do not engage in cave or technical diving unless specifically trained to do so.
3. Use complete, well-maintained, reliable equipment with which I am familiar; and inspect it for correct fit and function prior to each dive. Deny use of my equipment to uncertified divers. Always have a buoyancy control device and submersible pressure gauge when scuba diving. Recognize the desirability of an alternate air source and a low-pressure buoyancy control inflation system.
4. Listen carefully to dive briefings and directions and respect the advice of those supervising my diving activities. Recognize that additional training is recommended for participation in specialty diving activities, in other geographic areas and after periods of inactivity that exceed six months.
5. Adhere to the buddy system throughout every dive. Plan dives – including communications, procedures for reuniting in case of separation and emergency procedures – with my buddy.
6. Be proficient in dive table usage. Make all dives no decompression dives and allow a margin of safety. Have a means to monitor depth and time underwater. Limit maximum depth to my level of training and experience. Ascend at a rate of not more than 18 metres/60 feet per minute. Be a SAFE diver – Slowly Ascend From Every dive. Make a safety stop as an added precaution, usually at 5 metres/15 feet for three minutes or longer.
7. Maintain proper buoyancy. Adjust weighting at the surface for neutral buoyancy with no air in my buoyancy control device. Maintain neutral buoyancy while underwater. Be buoyant for surface swimming and resting. Have weights clear for easy removal, and establish buoyancy when in distress while diving.
8. Breathe properly for diving. Never breath-hold or skip-breathe when breathing compressed air, and avoid excessive hyperventilation when breath-hold diving. Avoid overexertion while in and underwater and dive within my limitations.
9. Use a boat, fl oat or other surface support station, whenever feasible.
10. Know and obey local dive laws and regulations, including fish and game and dive flag laws.