Dive Policy

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Blue North Scuba Club follows these standards on Club dives.

  • Maximum depth is 130 ft.
  • There will be no planned decompression dives.
  • Dives over 40 ft. will include a 3 min. safety stop at 1/2 the deepest depth, and a 3 min. safety stop at 15 ft.
  • All divers on a Club dive must be a Blue North Scuba Club member or guest of a Blue North Scuba Club member.
  • All divers on a Club dive must be a current member of OUC, the Ontario Underwater Council.
  • All divers must show a certification card from a recognized scuba diving agency or be participating in an open water certification dive supervised by a certified scuba instructor.
  • All Club dives will have a qualified Divemaster who is responsible for running the dive in a safe manner.
  • The Divemaster, with good reason, can refuse any person the right to dive on a Club dive.
  • The Divemaster will set the maximum depth, maximum bottom time, geographical limits and the minimum air pressure remaining in the main air supply at the end of the dive.
  • All divers are required to use a buoyancy compensator, alternate air supply regulator, submersible pressure gauge and dive computer including depth gauge.
  • The Divemaster may require additional equipment on a particular dive.
  • Safety equipment, such as an oxygen kit, first aid kit and AED, will be present and in a state “ready to use” on all Club dives.
  • While diving in buddy pairs is our policy, the Divemaster may allow a group of three divers to dive together when it is considered safe.
  • The Divemaster may relinquish their duties and responsibilities to another suitably qualified Divemaster.
  • The Divemaster, and Instructors in a training situation, will ensure that all diving activities are conducted in a safe manner.
  • Completed Divemaster records of a dive will be submitted to and retained by the Club for seven years.

Definition of Terms

  • A “Club dive” is an open water dive sanctioned by the Club Executive.
  • A “Divemaster” is a diver who is certified as a Divemaster by a recognized scuba training agency. Certified Instructors are qualified to serve as Divemasters.
  • A “Safety Diver” is a diver who is certified by a recognized scuba training agency as a Rescue Diver. Assistant Instructors, Divemasters and Instructors are qualified to serve as Safety Divers.