Rendezvous diving for Superyachts is best described as
outsourcing diving activities to an external operator or organising a qualified & experienced diver to manage dive activities onboard.
When a yacht has charter guests or owners who want to dive and there are no crew members with a sufficient level of training or experience to manage the activity the next best option is to seek out a local operator or guide. A sufficient qualified diver should ideally be a current Divemaster or Instructor at a minimum.
In the case of relying on a local dive operator it is important you are able to make an assessment to gauge how good they are and if they have a high safety standard. Also determining if they able to deliver the right level or standard of service expected of a high paying charter guest.
The following checklist acts as is a useful guide to make an assessment:
Inspection of Dive Equipment
• Dive operator equipment or yacht equipment to be used. Condition and status of dive shop equipment. Being able to inspect equipment for being well maintained and in good working order is an important skill. Some small and remote operators do not always have the highest standard of care for their gear. I’ve seen some equipment in my time which has been poorly maintained and it’s made me think twice about using their equipment. It also sets a benchmark for determining the general safety of the rest of the dive operation.
Local weather conditions assessment
• Are there local currents or tidal considerations, what’s the best time of day to dive, local weather conditions for the day?
Local dive site assessment
• Are the dive sites for beginner or experienced divers and suitable to the type of guest diver certification? Depth of dive, local marine life, cave entrances, wreck dive, night dive.
Inspection of dive RIB shall be conducted prior to divers boarding the vessel.
• O2/ First Aid – Up to date and in service
• Spares part kit
• Watch position allocation (Captain is not diving)
• Communications – VHF Radio & Mobile phone
• Sufficient fuel
• Vessel emergency equipment
• Vessel/Operation emergency plan
• Emergency recall system
• Sun shade if appropriate
Should any of the above points not be acceptable then the yacht must supply equipment.
Do a VHF Radio check between the dive RIB the mother ship & TT to MY. Telephone communications between dive centre, MY, dive RIB & TT MY. During the diving a protocol needs to be established for communications back and forth between the mother ship and the dive boat to monitor when divers depart and return and when they enter and exit the water.
Alternatively, by temporarily adding a crew member to supervise dive activities is another option, a Divemaster or Instructor with experience preferably, you can deliver a very high level of personal service with safety.
At Yacht Scuba Safety, we offer training to ensure you can conduct the right level of assessment of an external operator and that you are able to have control in supervising the activity. We also provide expert dive guides and personnel to assist with onboard operations both here in Mallorca and beyond during an important charter. We have a globally-spread team of dive instructors with many years of experience, to augment and provide a high level of safety wherever you are, be it in the Caribbean, Pacific, Indian Ocean or beyond.
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