TODAY'S DATE: February 26, 2021 VALID UNTIL 31 December 2021
LAKE PHOENIX STANDARD SCUBA DIVING PRACTICES
Scuba Diving is dangerous, so to minimize your risk, you as a diver should:
Be trained in scuba diving by a certified open water instructor and certified by a nationally recognized certifying organization.
Maintain good physical and mental condition for diving. Only dive when feeling well. DO NOT USE ANY INTOXICATING OR DANGEROUS DRUGS BEFORE DIVING. Get a regular medical examination for scuba diving.
Use reliable, complete and well maintained diving equipment which you check before each dive. You will deny the use of your equipment to a non-certified diver unless you are an instructor and the individual your student. When scuba diving in LAKE PHOENIX, use a functional buoyancy controlling device (BCD) plus a submersible pressure gauge and all other equipment as required by your certifying agency.
Know the limitations of yourself, your buddy and your equipment. Use the best possible judgment and common sense in planning each dive. Allow a margin of safety in order to be prepared for emergencies. Set moderate limits for depth and time in the water. Enter overhead environment only if properly trained e.g. cavern, cave or wreck specialty.
Be familiar with this dive site. If not, obtain a formal diving orientation and/or purchase a lake topographical map from the divemaster or attendant on duty.
Control your buoyancy to make diving as easy as possible. Be prepared to clear your mask, mouthpiece, or take other emergency action if needed. In an emergency: STOP, BREATH, THINK, AND GET CONTROL - THEN TAKE ACTION.
Never dive alone. Always buddy dive - know each other's equipment. Know and review hand signals and stay in close contact with your buddy. Together plan your dive and then dive your plan.
Use a float or kayak as a surface support station whenever appropriate. Fly the dive flag to warn other kayakers divers are in and under the water. Slowly surface close to the float and flag, watching and listening for possible hazards. Flags not required for diving at LAKE PHOENIX.
Beware of breath holding. Breathe continuously throughout a scuba dive. Exhale during any ascent. Know your limits and allow for a margin of safety. Be sure to equalize pressure early and often both during ascent and descent.
If you are cold, tired, injured, low on air or not feeling well, then get out of the water. Diving is more risky and no longer enjoyable at that point. If any abnormality persists, get medical attention.
Know decompression procedures, tables and emergency procedures as established by your scuba agency. Make all scuba dives within no decompression limits for the depth you dive.
Continue your scuba training by taking advanced open water or specialty courses. Log your dives and try to make at least 12 dives each year. BE A RESPONSIBLE DIVER.
NOTE: Your signature on this agreement is required as proof that you were made aware of these STANDARD SCUBA DIVING PRACTICES.
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