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Safety Information and Dive Tips

The ANUSC is a keen proponent of safe diving and boating. We actively encourage all members to read and abide by the following (common-sense) practices.

Dive practices

This Safety Hints and Tips document (PDF) has good information on situations such as blue water (free) ascents, losing the anchor and omitted decompression stops.

New/inexperienced divers

More generally

Speak up.
Speak up on matters of safety. When a passenger, feel free to say "please slow down" or "I think you're too close to those rocks" Voice your concerns. Ask questions, lots of them. If you don't know, are unsure, or simply baffled by something, ask. You get to learn and it forces more experienced members to justify and/or re-evaluate their (largely correct) practices. Suggest alternatives to current practices. The traditional way has usually been arrived at through iteration but sometimes lateral thinking is called for. Everything is open for discussion.
Spread the knowledge
If you know, teach. Routinely urge the least experienced boat driver to take control. Don't let others slide into roles of reliance. If you witness, experience or cause an incident or near-miss, let us know. It will become part of the recorded club history (warts and all), and hopefully help to avoid similar incidents in future. Read other member's contributed stories. Get (re)trained. Take a first aid course, read a boating manual, learn how to use the club oxygen kit, consider signing up with the Diver's Alert Network, do (or better yet, organise) a "Stress and Rescue" course.
Excessive speed is dangerous.
Actual diving is relatively safe; we are more likely to suffer a car accident driving to the coast or a boating accident in getting to the dive site. Speed is a factor. When towing (at a very minimum) observe the speed limit. Slow down on rough roads or in poor conditions. Be gentle. Don't tailgate. Check your load. On the water, keep the speed down. Strive to make the trip comfortable for all unless safety dictates otherwise, e.g., crossing a bar. Five minutes saved getting to and from a dive site isn't worth the concomitant discomfort of other passengers. This doesn't preclude a good "hoon" under glassy surface conditions.

Incident / near-miss reporting

We care about your safety and would like to know of any incident or near-miss that happens during a club activity. You can email the committee, or use this form to send an (optionally anonymous) report. By collecting this information, we hope to find out what can go wrong and what's going right, to reduce the risk of incidents in the future. It will also assist us in our requirement to report all safety incidents to the SRA.

An occasional series describes incidents and near-misses, and what lessons we can learn from them.

The ANUSC Safety Management System (SMS)

NSW Legislative requirements state that the ANUSC must implement a Safety Management System ("SMS"). This document and explanatory notes are here.

Links of interest

Remember, safety is your responsibility.

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