Dive safely…

Following considerable press and media coverage of the coroner’s inquest in Plymouth on 8th August 2006 into three diving fatalities, at which the Diving Diseases Research Centre (DDRC) provided an expert witness, the charity has issued a statement, These are the pertinent paragraphs – Stay safe.


Extract follows…

DDRC believes that where training guidelines, in particular the guidance on diving in different environments and conditions, and medical recommendations are followed diving is a pursuit that can be carried out and enjoyed safely in the UK. The underwater environment and its potential hazards must be respected. DDRC acknowledges the overall high quality of training provided in the UK but feels that divers must recognise their own limitations and gain experience safely in accordance with their training agency guidelines. It is well recognised that a series of small events before and during a dive can accumulate and result in a serious incident. DDRC recommends that all divers follow the procedures taught in their training before, during and after every dive.

Divers have a responsibility to themselves and their dive buddy to honestly and truthfully consider their personal fitness to dive before every single dive and seek advice if they are uncertain. Those guiding or teaching divers must have the confidence to express reservations or abort a dive if they have any doubts regarding the ability or fitness of a diver for the planned dive.