How we dive 

We dive as buddy pairs, following a general dive plan, rather than diving in groups with a leader. This has the advantages of allowing individuals some freedom to ‘do their own thing’ without having to go at the pace or direction of the leader. It also makes diving much more interesting as you have more incentive to explore and to become better qualified so you can enjoy everything that diving has to offer. This style of diving requires that you have the right equipment (see below) and training and can be intimidating for less experienced divers who aren’t ready to take responsibility for their own dive plan. For this reason, we prefer to buddy new and less experienced divers with those who have more experience. This is a great way to learn! Just remember that the more experienced divers are there to enjoy themselves too and it is wise to make arrangements in advance. You’ll be surprised how quickly you become a confident diver! 

Standard Diver Equipment 

At a minimum what every diver should carry on every dive: 

  1. Fins, mask and snorkel (A snorkel should be worn or carried on every dive. However, if you are properly trained to enter wrecks or other overhead environments, it should be carried but not worn when in the overhead environment.) 
  2. Compressed gas cylinder and valve  
  3. Adequate exposure protection (wetsuit) 
  4. Buoyancy control device (BCD) with tank mount and low pressure inflator
  5. Quick release weight system and weights (If required) 
  6. Primary regulator and alternate air source  
  7. Submersible pressure gauge  
  8. Depth monitoring device (Depth gauge)  
  9. Time monitoring device (Watch)  
  10. Dive tables or required table information transcribed to slate  
  11. Compass  
  12. Computer (replaces 7, 8, 9, 10 & 11 depending on computer functions)  
  13. Cutting device (knife, line cutter or shears)  
  14. Surface marker buoy (SMB)  
  15. Audible emergency surface signaling device (whistle or air horn)