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Dive Planning


To book a place on a dive, members must telephone the Deputy Dive Marshall before 8pm the evening before the dive and book their place. This is where the DDM has the opportunity to advise of any changes to launch site or times etc. The Deputy Dive Marshall and Dive Marshall keep in contact and make decisions based on weather, tides, site characteristics, numbers of divers, their qualifications and experience. Please note: It is not possible to cater for anyone just turning up un­announced on the day: there may be no dive buddy organised, boats may be full or the venue may have changed. Places in boats will be allocated on a first come first served basis so don’t leave it too late to phone.

Links to related planning documents, including the dive log, found below:

Dive Planning for Dive Marshals

Assistant DM Responsibilities

RDD Risk Assessment

RDD Code of Conduct

Dive Log (PDF to print off and complete paper copy)

Dive Log (Microsoft Word template to download and complete on your computer)

Ready on time

Each dive has been carefully calculated with regard to the state of the tide – we can't just have a dip where and when we want! At most dive sites there is a time interval when the current in the water is much reduced or even ceases for a while. This is called slack.

The slack window may be short and in most cases it provides the only chance to dive the planned dive for that day. If we miss slack water, it usually means that the dive site becomes unsuitable, conditions deteriorate, people get disappointed and we all go for an early pint. For this reason please don't be late. It is better to assemble and pack your gear the night before so that if there are any problems you have ample time to sort things out instead of frantically rushing around at the last minute.

Suggestion: Print out the "Night Before Check List" (click link below) and stick it up on the wall next to your dive gear. Force yourself to read it every time you finish packing your gear just to make sure you don't forget something.

Night Before Checklist