Scuba Diving Safety: Safety Policy and Practices

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Commitment to Scuba Diving Safety

At Belize Diving Services, scuba diving safety is at the core of our business. Our safety commitment starts with recommending dives appropriate for your skill level. Your dive experience will determine if you can access different levels of diving and helps us group you accordingly. We ensure each diver is confident and holds the knowledge and certifications necessary to explore more advanced diving sites.

Safe Diving Practices

Diving requires a joint commitment from both the dive shop and the divers. Belize Diving Services is committed to scuba diving safety practices. We follow SDI/TDI, PADI and the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) safety procedures. In addition, our instructors abide by all regulations established by the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Port Authority.

Know Your Limits

It is important for you to understand your limits and be honest in your communications with us so that we can make our best estimates on your skills. You also must know and understand the practices of SDI, TDI and PADI, as well as others. Diving has risks. You are ultimately responsible for your own safety. Before diving with Belize Diving Services, you will be required to review and sign a liability release confirming your experience and knowledge of scuba diving safety practices. 

Developing Your Skills

Your first 25 dives are some of the most exciting diving experiences that you will have in your lifetime as you enter a truly unique world. This excitement can cause you to consume gas at a rate far greater than a more experienced diver. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you respect our minimum diver requirements and do not falsely represent your experience. Although sea conditions can change without warning and drastically alter the difficulty of dives, we use our local knowledge to recommend dives appropriate for your experience and training.

Emergency Preparation

Belize Diving Services has engaged in professional consultation to develop our emergency management plan. We are prepared for the most expeditious evacuation possible should the need ever arise. We strongly recommend that all divers speak with their health insurance provider and, when necessary, carry supplemental insurance to cover evacuation and any medical treatment required. Our dive shop follows all scuba diving safety practices to ensure the well-being of our visitors at all times.

Scuba Diving Safety Risks

Please understand that when you dive in Belize you are diving in a remote wilderness. While conditions underwater may seem idyllic and serene, SCUBA diving is an adventure sport and there are very serious risks involved. In the United States and Canada alone, approximately 100 divers a year die while SCUBA diving despite having sophisticated emergency medical services available. Emergency medical care, as you know it, does not exist in Belize. A “911” or a Mayday call on CH 16 VHF will not have a helicopter, USCG and paramedics on the scene in five minutes. All of the dive tour locations are two hours or more away from medical care. This is why following scuba diving safety practices is crucial to your wellbeing.