Dive Safety Information

Before diving with MUUC you need to download and read our diving code.

  • Dive with a buddy and stick with your buddy.
  • Dive to depths within the limits of your qualification.
  • No drink diving.

MUUC is not qualified to supervise or monitor your dives but we do our best to educate you on the dive sites and conditions to ensure you have a safe an enjoyable dive. You always have the right to cancel your dive and we encourage you to contact any member of our committee or club generally if you have any questions or concerns.

Disclaimer:  You will be completely responsible for your own dives and need to be able to look after and take responsibility for yourself. There will be no dive-masters or instructors (unless you arrange this yourselves), just a bunch of friendly other people who will take it in turns to drive the boat and do some of their own diving.

Here are some useful Dive Safety tips from DAN – Divers Alert Network. These apply to ALL dives and should be read in addition to hints for specific types of diving.

  • Be trained by a recognised agency. Such training will make you aware of the more common problems you will face underwater, and how to reduce the likelihood of these problems occurring.
  • Be medically assessed by a doctor who has appropriate training in diving medicine. Some medical conditions are not compatible with safe diving, while other conditions may allow you to dive safely with caution.
  • Thoroughly prepare and check your gear prior to diving. You rely totally on your equipment while underwater.
  • Choose dives that match your training, experience and confidence. Always dive within your comfort zone. * Listen to your inner voice. If you do not feel right while underwater, or you feel that you have exceeded your comfort level, abort the dive.
  • When you first reach the bottom, establish neutral buoyancy, ensure your ears are OK, check your air status and your depth, tighten your weightbelt, then signal your buddy that you are OK. Make these actions a standard part of ALL dives.
  • Watch your ascent rate on all dives. You should never exceed an ascent rate of 10m/minute when diving shallower than about 30m. An ascent rate of 5-6 metres per minute is recommended in the last 10m of ascent.
  • Complete safety stops on all dives that exceed 10m depth. Safety stops assist with reduction of excess nitrogen, which reduces the risk of DCI. They also slow your ascent rate, by forcing you to stop for a period of time. The rule of thumb is 3-5 minutes at 5-6 metres. An additional deeper stop of 2-3 minutes at 10-15m appears to be beneficial after deeper dives.
  • Always dive with a buddy. Your safety and your enjoyment will be enhanced by being with a companion while underwater.
  • Plan your dive. You and your buddy should agree on depth, time, air cut-off, and safety stops.
  • Plan your dive so you surface with a minimum of 50 bar. Don’t look at it as wasted air, but as insurance against the possibility of some emergency that causes your air consumption to increase.
  • If you have had a layoff from diving, or you have been unwell, do some easier dives to regain your confidence and skill.
  • Revise your skills regularly. Practise such survival skills as mask-clearing, regulator removal, and air- sharing regularly.
  • Log your dives. A record of your diving history may come in very handy should you ever seek higher levels of training.

Some more useful links:

        BOM_AU

Maritime Safety Victoria                          Bureau of Metrology – Marine and Ocean