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THE ASSUMPTION OF RISK WAIVER AND RELEASE AGREEMENT FOR RECREATIONAL DIVING

(Certified Divers)

TODAY'S DATE: December 10, 2019 VALID UNTIL 31 December 2019

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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Lake Phoenix | 1 Quarry Lane, Rawlings VA | 23876 | Phone: (804) 716-2199

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I am a Certified SCUBA Diver and I plan to dive at LAKE PHOENIX in Rawlings, VA.

I, hereby affirm that I am cognizant of all of the inherent dangers of skin and scuba diving, and of the basic rules for underwater activities.

I understand and agree that the purpose of my diving activities are strictly recreational, and that it is not the function of the staff of LAKE PHOENIX or any of the diving leaders employed by LAKE PHOENIX, to serve as the guardian(s) of my safety.

I agree to furnish my own equipment and be responsible for its good operating condition, regardless of where I obtain it.  I further agree that prior to each dive I will check my own equipment and my buddy's equipment to ensure proper function, completeness and familiarity, and do not expect my equipment to be inspected by the staff of LAKE PHOENIX.

I understand my diving leader(s) or LAKE PHOENIX staff may provide advice or assistance to me, and I agree to hold harmless LAKE PHOENIX or any of its agents, staff, or leader(s) for any of their actions in attempting to be of assistance to me.  I do not expect LAKE PHOENIX or its agents to supervise or control my diving activities in any way.  BY SIGNING THIS DOCUMENT, I ASSUME ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY ACTIONS, PERSONAL INJURY, PROPERTY DAMAGE OR WRONGFUL DEATH, even if caused by the negligence of LAKE PHOENIX staff or agents.

I further understand that skin and scuba diving are physically strenuous activities, and that I can exert myself by participating in these activities.  IF I AM INJURED IN ANY WAY FROM A HEART ATTACK, PANIC, HYPERVENTILATION OR DROWNING, I EXPRESSLY ASSUME ALL RISK OF THESE INJURIES, AND IN DOING SO, I EXEMPT AND RELEASE LAKE PHOENIX, OR ANY OF ITS STAFF OR AGENTS, FROM ALL LIABILITY OR RESPONSIBILITY RESULTING FROM MY PARTICIPATION IN SKIN AND SCUBA DIVING.

I am aware that LAKE PHOENIX is considered to be a remote diving location, and as a result, I further understand it can take EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES 25-40 minutes to respond when called.  However, it is my decision to skin and scuba dive at LAKE PHOENIX knowing these facts and limitations.

I have read, understand and agree to abide by the RULES AND POLICIES LAKE PHOENIX found on Lake Phoenix's website, the STANDARD SCUBA DIVING PRACTICES during my recreational diving activities and have watched the INFOFRMATIONAL and POLICY VIDEO.

I have read, understand and agree to abide by the RULES OF LAKE PHOENIX found on Lake Phoenix's website, and the STANDARD SCUBA DIVING PRACTICES during my recreational diving activities.

I understand and agree that I am participating in these recreational diving activities voluntarily, and I agree to be completely responsible for my own actions.  I understand there are living creatures which inhabit the lake such as fish, turtles, and an endangered species of the northern water snake (no fangs and non-poisonous).  I have been warned of the danger of fish and animal feeding or harassment because these creatures can bite.

Vehicle operators are responsible for ensuring all individuals regardless of age and activity at Lake Phoenix have completed their waiver, will watch the Lake Phoenix informational video and abide by all policies therein and sign in daily.

I hereby declare that I am of legal age and am competent to sign this waiver and release agreement, or that my parent or guardian will sign this document on my behalf if I am a minor.

I consent and agree that any photos, videos or likeness taken or captured by Lake Phoenix staff, their equipment or their agents can be used as Lake Phoenix management or staff requires.  This includes, but is not limited to, website, flyers, posters, news alerts and on-line media.  I understand that Lake Phoenix is the legal copyright owner.

I HAVE READ THIS AGREEMENT, I UNDERSTAND IT, AND I AGREE TO BE BOUND BY IT.
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