Planning Your Snorkelling and Dive Program
When planning your snorkelling or dive program, there are many aspects to consider.
- Plan the areas (sand patches) to be used for activities such as:
- resort diving,
- scuba instruction, and
- helmet diving.
- Snorkelling areas should be clearly defined and ensure that reef flats exposed at low tide have restricted access to prevent damage by inexperienced snorkellers.
- Novice snorkellers should be shown how to use their mask/snorkel/fins to minimise damage and maximise enjoyment. Novices should have rest stations and/or floatation aids readily available for their use.
- Inexperienced divers should be skills assessed before being allowed to dive without underwater supervision to ensure that they are not going to damage the environment. Buoyancy control and finning technique should be checked.
- Dive activity should be rotated between sites, where possible, to avoid overusing one site.
- Gloves should not be worn unless needed for safety reasons. This practice is to help discourage divers from touching the corals and animals.
- Avoid taking large groups of divers and snorkellers into fragile areas.
- Provide adequate supervision of all activities to ensure that customers are adhering to best practice.
- In-water guides should be used when possible for snorkellers and divers. The use of guides has been shown to reduce damage and maximise enjoyment.
- Consider the experience of your clients and the prevailing conditions on the day and take customers to the site to which they are best suited.
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