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General Information - 100. Safety Diving Guidelines


100. Safety Diving Guidelines



The Victorian Sub-Aqua Group motto of "Safety in Diving" means we are committed to safe diving practices. Due to the non-commercial nature of VSAG, including the fact that we do not provide instructors or dive masters to accompany divers, some guidelines about diving and assessing of ability need to be agreed to before anyone is accepted to undertake a club dive or a non-club dive involving VSAG members and their boats. This is to ensure that the club and the members are fully protected from any possible legal action should a diver have a problem on a dive.

All Dives

It is expected that a person will have:

  • a functioning octopus,
  • a suitably sized dive cylinder considering the depth and the air consumption of the diver,
  • a pressure gauge of some sort to monitor air consumption,
  • a depth gauge of some sort and
  • a timing device.

It is also compulsory for a diver to have a suitable dive computer, plus safety sausage or SMB for all boat dives.

The club advocates the use of the "buddy" system wherever possible.

All club boat diving is to be carried out using the "buoy line" system, unless a shot line or anchor is used.

All club dives will have a nominated Dive Captain and/or Safety Officer for the day's diving activities. The Boat Captain becomes a deputy Dive Captain / Safety Officer for that boat.

Shore Dives

Most shore dives only need a member to have a dive certification. However, some dives require a lot of experience and members may be required to do other easier dives before being permitted to come on these harder dives. The organiser and/or dive captain of the dive have the right to decide if a member can do the dive.

Night Shore Dives

Similar to shore dives but some other harder shore dives may be excluded to people who have done none or a few night dives. The organiser and/or dive captain of the dive have the right to decide if a member can do the dive.

Boat Dives Under 18 Metres

For boat dives in this depth range, the only certification required will be Open Water, or equivalent. However, for a diver who has just completed a dive course with less than 10 dives, they may not be permitted to take part in the dive if the location and conditions of the dive are deemed by the dive captain or boat owner to be too challenging for their level of experience.

Generally, a new member will be required to buddy with one of the more experienced members, who will assess their ability.

For all boat dives, the owner of a boat has the right to decline to take any member on their boat for whatever reason they so deem.

Note: On all boat dives, it is compulsory to do at least a three minute safety stop, or complete the decompression and safety stops indicated by their dive computer, whichever is the greater. This must be complied with or could lead a member to been excluded from further boat dives.

Boat Dives 18 To 30 Metres

For boat dives in this depth range, the certification required will be Advanced Open Water, or equivalent. Generally, new members or guests will not be permitted to do a dive in this depth range unless they have already satisfied a committee member that they have an appropriate level of certification and/or experience that qualifies them to dive at this depth, or by having previously done a check/trial dive with the club and been considered capable of diving to this deeper depth. This may mean more than one dive is needed. All divers are required to complete the decompression and safety stops indicated by their dive computer.

Boat Dives 30 To 40 Metres

For boat dives in this depth range, divers are expected to have a Deep Diver or equivalent certification and/or be able to demonstrate a suitable level of experience. These dives may also be used to assess members or guests as being suitable to do a deeper dive (40 metres plus) and for checking out their use of multiple cylinders. To qualify for dives in this depth range, divers would have been expected to do a number of boat dives with the club, possibly including at least one in the 25 to 30 metre depth range.

For dives deeper than 35 metres, it is recommended to carry a redundant air supply unless special circumstances exist. All divers are required to complete the decompression and safety stops indicated by their dive computer.

Boat Dives Over 40 Metres

Members will only be taken on these dives if they have shown over a large number of dives that they are capable of diving well over 40 metres. This may include being required to do a dive in the 35 to 40 metre depth range as well as a shallower dive with the equipment that is proposed to be worn on the deeper dive.

For dives deeper than 35 metres, it is recommended to carry a redundant air supply unless special circumstances exist. All divers are required to complete the decompression and safety stops indicated by their dive computer.

Further Questions

If you have any questions about a dive being planned, contact the organiser or dive captain, who will be able to answer the questions or who may refer you to the boat owner for clarification.




Safety in Diving


Published on: 2007-02-04 17:46:29 (3804 reads)


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