Boat Dive manual

Boat Dive manual - Preface This boater's manual is intended...

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Preface This boater’s manual is intended for Divemasters utilizing a marine capable vehicle, supporting other divers or students. Though conditions may vary because of situation or weather, it is the Divemasters responsibility to adapt to the situation and act accordingly. If conditions threaten dive safety, it is under the Divemasters discretion whether safety has been sacrificed due to the circumstances. This is only a reference and susceptible to changes. Pre-Dive I. Finding the Right Boat It is extremely important that once you find your dive site, you find the right boat to accommodate you and your divers for a safe and enjoyable experience. A. Type of Boat First, when finding a boat, be sure the boat is sufficient in satisfying your necessities for your dive. A boat big enough to comfortably support the number of divers, equipment needed for the dive, safety equipment, and other personnel necessary for the dive. Expect weather to always be a factor. Be prepared with cover from elements such as rain, sun, and wind. A boat ladder or platform is ideal for easy entry and exit from the water. Accessible view of the water from boat dock is also ideal for safety reasons to protect in-water divers from danger. 1. Required on all boats: Valid US Coast Guard operator’s license if in US territorial waters. Certificate of Inspection (displayed on the boat, ideally easily visible) Approved personal flotation devices (at least one per person, a few extra is good to have) Fog horn or bell for signaling reasons Fire Extinguisher(s) Lights for navigation (between sunset and sunrise and other times of limited visibility)
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Radio Communication Pyrotechnic visual distress signals (Coast Guard approved, in serviceable condition, and readily accessible) 2. Features on a dive boat: Oxygen tank(s) ( hydrostatically test every 5yrs and visually inspected every year ) First aid kit Scuba repair kit / extra gear Rescue board and float Enough drinking water to comfortable supply to divers Diver down buoys/flag(s) II. Preparation C. The Boat Crew Men Inform the captain of the boat of important dive specifics: how many divers will be boarding the boat, departure time, bottom times/number of times/estimated time of return. Be sure you and the crew are on the same page when it comes to possible change of plans (weather, dive site, etc.) Go over radio communication techniques with captain. Inform crew members of any questions or concerns you may have. Keep in touch with the crew and captain about changing weather conditions. Start looking at predicted weather a week before dive to know what kind of water/wind/visibility to expect. Ask crew about anything they would like you to know about
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