Guidelines for Club Dives

1. Responsibilities of the Diver

  • It is the diver’s sole responsibility to act and dive safely at all times, and the club will not be held liable for the actions of any diver.
  • Divers are responsible for ensuring that they have the appropriate qualification and experience to undertake any planned dive(s), and that their diving experience is current, i.e. the period since their last dive is no greater than that recommended by their qualifying agency.
  • Divers are responsible for planning their individual dives within the limits of their qualifications and training.
  • For Club dives, each diver must carry a DSMB and reel and be proficient in its use.
  • In the event of a conflict between any requirements of the Club and those of the qualification, those of the qualification shall take precedence (with the exception of DSMBs, which are mandatory for all Club dives).
  • The supply of equipment appropriate for the planned dive is to be in accordance with the qualification being used for the dive, and is the responsibility of the diver.
  • Each diver is responsible for ensuring their equipment is fully serviced as per manufacturer recommendations. Equipment that is out of service must not be used on club dives.
  • It is the diver’s responsibility to check with the Dive Organiser the day before to ensure that there are no adverse weather conditions which may prevent the dive from going ahead. The Dive Organiser will not contact divers unless there has been a change to previously given advice.
  • Divers are required to complete the Dive Roster before entry into the water.
  • The diver shall respond to their name being called at any roll call. They should not respond on behalf of another diver.
  • Divers must surface no later than 3 minutes after their declared run time (run time being defined as the total time from when the diver leaves the surface to when they are back on the surface) stated on the Dive Roster. N.B. There is a coastguard requirement to notify them if a diver is more than 3 minutes overdue.
  • The decision of the Dive Organiser/Skipper is final.

2. Responsibilities of the Dive Organiser

  • The Dive Organiser will attempt to plan the dive sites in advance of bookings being taken.
  • Dive details will be published with the approximate maximum planned depth.
  • The Dive Organiser may appoint a representative for each dive. The representative shall be provided with all information available to the Dive Organiser which is relevant to the dive and/or the divers. The representative will agree to carry out the role of the Dive Organiser as detailed in these guidelines, but may refer anything to either the appropriate Dive Organiser or any other Committee member.
  • In cases where weather or other circumstances prevent the planned dive going ahead, any changes must not require a qualification increase without agreement of all divers.
  • Advice should be sought from an appropriate local source (e.g. the skipper) in the event of a change in dive sites.
  • The Dive Organiser (or representative) will ensure the club O2 and first aid kits are taken on dives (if available, complete and in working order).
  • The Dive Organiser (or representative) will, where appropriate, assist in organising buddy pairs.
  • Divers will be reminded to complete the Dive Roster before and after each dive, but this shall remain the responsibility of the diver.
  • The Dive Organiser (or representative) will ensure an appropriate person(s) is responsible for accounting for all divers prior to leaving a dive site.
  • In the event of a diving incident, activities will be managed and co-ordinated by the Dive Organiser (or representative) in full co-operation with the boat skipper and emergency services.

3. Booking and Payment

  • Dives booked by the club will be published on a schedule which will be available on the club website, the notice boards, and from Committee members on request.
  • Bookings for dives will be on a ‘first come, first served’ basis.
  • When you register your interest in attending a dive with the appropriate Dive Organiser (whether by phone, e-mail or face-to-face), a deposit must be paid within 2 weeks either by bank transfer or cash/cheque to a Committee member on a club night.
  • Any diver who does not pay a deposit within two weeks of booking will forfeit their place unless they have notified the Dive Organiser of the reason for the delay.
  • Once a deposit is paid, the diver is obliged to pay the remaining balance by the due date. If the diver is subsequently unable to dive for any reason, they will only be released from their obligation if another diver fills the place.
  • The balance of the dive and any accommodation cost is payable one month before the date of the dive. Any balance not paid by that date will result in the diver forfeiting their place on the dive unless agreement has been reached with the Dive Organiser.
  • When all the spaces available on a dive are full, a reserve list of those interested will be kept. Those on the reserve list will be approached should a space arise. If they still wish to go on the dive, they will be expected to pay a deposit or full balance according to the guidelines.
  • Accommodation is the responsibility of the diver unless indicated otherwise on the dive schedule.

4. Refunds, Cancellations and Changes

  • Diving is weather and tide dependant. The club or boat skipper may change boats, dive sites or departure times according to weather and operational requirements.
  • If a dive is cancelled due to adverse weather or for other safety requirements, refunds will be made in accordance with the contract the club has made with the boat skipper. Normally, this will either be a refund, or the option of attending a rescheduled dive.
  • Dive bookings are accepted on the understanding that if you have booked for a specific site and the weather does not permit diving that location, where possible, an alternative site will be sought taking into account the previously published dive type, qualifications and prepared gas mixes.

The Diving Club, Reading 2016