Sardine Run Diving and diving safety protocol.
Sardine run diving is a mixture of both scuba and snorkel depending on the nature and depth of animal activity.
Sardine Run dives are not based on structured diving. We work on a "follow the activity" basis. To this end there is a dive guide on the boat, but clients are free to dive individually. Each client is given his own SMB . This allows divers the ability to react quickly and freely to the frenetic nature of the activity.
Individual diving overview:
Divers are part of a dive group, but each individual is responsible for managing his own dive (bottom time, air consumption, dive depth).
We provide the following safety framework:
1. Minimum visibility recommendation of 5 m (but individuals may choose to dive/snorkel in less)
2. A minimum surf and weather condition based on the Beaufort scale
3. The standard safety recall protocol. The skipper will brief the group every morning.
All of the above are open to objective evaluation. The ultimate boating decision will rest with the skipper, the final dive decision will rest with the dive guide.
In the unlikely event of an emergency on the boat please use the following framework as a guide:
1. skipper will recall divers
2. Ascend safely at no faster than 18 metres per minute directly to the surface, do not stop on safety stop.
3. Radio for aerial assistance if required
4. Contact relevant medical services
5. Contact Gail Addison +27 (0) 83 303 1515
6. Contact Mark Addison + 27 (0) 83 570 8454