How to Stay Safe when Diving
With care and appropriate training diving is a safe and enjoyable activity – but for those who take
Always investigate and confirm that conditions are safe before diving. Consider currents, wind, tides, swell, boat traffic, alternate/emergency exits, and ability to obtain medical aid/evacuation in an emergency.
Always follow these safety rules:
- Get professional training
- Have a medical assessment prior to entry into the sport or after
extendedlayoff. This is recommended if you're over 45 years.
- Never dive alone – always dive with a buddy
- Maintain and service your equipment
- Plan your dive and dive your plan
- Carry a signalling device i.e. safety sausage
It is a legal requirement that a dive flag is displayed. It must be able to be seen and identified from 200m away. The minimum legal flag size is 600mm high by at least 600mm long. It must be clearly visible even when there is no wind.
The flag means a diver is in the water, it informs other boat users to keep well clear and move at a slow speed. All other boat users must maintain at least 200m distance from the flag or keep their speed to less than 5 knots.