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Dive Planning, Organisation & Leadership. We will cover. Why Plan a Dive ? The planning, Organisational and Leading Process Advanced Planning Pre-dive Planning Dive Site Organisation During Dive Leadership After Dive Organisation. Why Plan a Dive?.

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We will cover
We will cover

  • Why Plan a Dive ?

  • The planning, Organisational and Leading Process

    • Advanced Planning

    • Pre-dive Planning

    • Dive Site Organisation

    • During Dive Leadership

    • After Dive Organisation

Why plan a dive
Why Plan a Dive?

  • Potentially hazardous sport, planning ensures dives are carried out as safely as possible.

  • Forward planning enables a more efficient and enjoyable diving operation.

  • Contingency planning for emergencies;

    • Better prepared.

    • Increasing the chance of a successful outcome.

The planning organization and leading process
The Planning, Organization and Leading Process:

  • Advance Planning - location and time of a dive.

  • Pre-dive Planning

    • At least 48 hours before the dive.

  • At the dive site Organization

    • Just prior to the dive.

  • During the dive Leadership

    • Buddy brief and checks and in-water checks.

  • After the dive Organization

    • What tasks must be completed ?

Advance planning
Advance Planning

  • Dive site & alternative

    • Sea chart, local knowledge and other divers, exit/entry points.

  • Depth and dive profile

    • Tide tables, tides affect depth, currents and entry/exit points.

  • Divers

    • Number, levels of experience, expected depth or interests.

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Advance Planning

  • Equipment

    • Boats, compressors, emergency equipment; oxygen, flares, etc.

  • Emergency Plan

    • Emergency services; doctor; Gardai, hospital, recompression facility, helicopter, lifeboat, coast radio station, nearest telephone.

Pre dive planning
Pre-Dive Planning

  • Weather forecast

    • Proposed location diveable or what about the alternative ?

  • Final numbers

    • Divers still available to attend, ratio of experienced to novice.

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Pre-Dive Planning

  • Equipment

    • Still in working order and is ready to be transported to the dive site.

  • Permission sought

    • Private property, harbour facilities or dive on a protected site.

Dive site organisation
Dive Site Organisation

  • Assistant DOD

    • While the DOD is in the water, familiar with the dive, take command.

  • Coxswains

    • Launch boats and verify they are fully equipped, fuelled and seaworthy.

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Dive Site Organisation

  • Other People

    • Cause minimum inconvenience to locals and other users, compressors.

  • Emergency vehicle

    • Clearly marked and located where it will have free exit at all times.

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Dive Site Organisation

  • Entry/Exit points

    • Pay attention to the effects of tide.

  • Dive Groups

    • Dive leaders and groups, complete dive log.

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Dive Site Organisation

  • Shore Marshal:

    • Critical to the successful running of operation.

    • Keep track of all divers and boats as they leave and return.

    • Implementing the emergency plan if required.

    • Very familiar with the dive and emergency plans.

    • Coxswains report to the Shore Marshal on departure and arrival.

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Dive Site Organisation

  • The Dive Brief:

    • Planning is useless unless communicated to all.

    • Given to divers, coxswains and the Shore Marshal.

    • Avoid distractions (out of the weather).

    • All questions have been fully answered.

  • Coxswains:

    • Ensure that buddies sit opposite, gear is close at hand.

    • Details left with the Shore Marshal.

On the dive site
On the Dive Site

  • Appoint a time keeper to note the exit and entry times.

  • Note actual bottom times and depths.

  • Cover divers are kitted up with snorkel gear.

  • Assistant DOD will take over when DO in water.

During the dive leadership
During the Dive Leadership

  • Pre-Dive Brief

    • Introductions, qualifications and experience.

    • Feeling OK.

    • Outline dive plan, direction, maximum depth, time.

    • Order of entry/exit into the water.

    • Check hand signals.

During the dive leadership1
During the Dive Leadership

  • Pre-Dive Brief

    • If on exercise or training, the sequence of events.

    • Separation procedure.

    • Emergencies.

    • Surfacing Procedure.

    • Ascent and Stops.

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During the Dive Leadership

  • Buddy Check

    • Check from Top to Bottom.

    • Check buoyancy device, fits, functions, mini cylinder.

    • Check the weight belt buckle.

    • The dive cylinder on and full.

    • Demand valve is functioning properly.

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During the Dive Leadership

  • Buddy Check

    • Watch, depth gauge, compass, computer, knife.

    • All equipment is fitted correctly.

    • Check location and operation of dry suit controls, if appropriate.

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During the Dive Leadership

  • Underwater

    • On descent - exchange signals, watch for problems and ensure buddy under control.

    • Maximum Depth - achieved early and complete at a shallower depth.

    • Current - swim into it for first half and return with its assistance.

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During the Dive Leadership

  • Underwater

    • Buddy Check - done frequently, use hand signals, particularly the OK.

    • Gauges - monitor depth & time and contents.

    • Separation Procedure: If contact is lost between the divers

    • Ascent - recommended rate of ascent, look for dangers near the surface, raise hand.

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During the Dive Leadership

  • In the Boat

    • Check if OK,

    • Debrief dive or exercise.

    • Organize equipment for return journey.

    • Log times and depths with DO

After the dive organization
After the Dive Organization

  • Ensure coxswains report back to the Shore Marshal.

  • Debrief all the participants in the dive.

  • Pass log sheet to the next DOD.

  • Recover and refuel boats.

  • Fill bottles, note the site of the compressors.

    Ensure the site is left as it was found


  • Why Plan a Dive ?

  • The planning, Organisational and Leading Process

    • Advanced Planning

    • Pre-dive Planning

    • Dive Site Organisation

    • During Dive Leadership

    • After Dive Organisation