Many divers choose to dive with a dive professional, so what is there role and responsibilities and those of the divers too ?
The dive guide’s proper role is to assess the dive site’s conditions, safety and suitability for the group. The guide must make sure the divers are informed, and, if he or she deems it necessary, cancel the dive. The dive guide is also supposed to give a thorough briefing on how the dive will take place, hazards and interesting stuff, and to make sure that everyone gets into and out of the water okay. They can also set the dive’s recommended or required limits (depth, air consumption, and/or time).
Ideally the divers should stick to the briefing in terms of depth, where it is safe to go, stick to the dive plan, complete proper pre dive checks and so on. It is important that the professional dive guide and the divers have a mutual understanding of the planned dive to get the very best dive experience possible and to ensure every divers full enjoyment and safety.
The dive guide is responsible for making sure the dive is safe and to support with any issues before, during or after the dive. The divers are responsible for making sure you are able to complete the dive and are safe on the dive.
As a certified diver, you should be able to plan and conduct your own dives, with a buddy, in conditions within the limits of your certification. A dive guide can help you get the most out of your dives in an unfamiliar location and avoid obvious risks. But ultimately the divers are responsible for their own dive from start to finish. They must determine their own fitness to dive on any given day and decide if you’re comfortable with the dive conditions and location. Your safety underwater is ultimately your own responsibility, including checking your equipment, even if you’ve rented it. The dive shop must maintain the equipment and have it inspected, but you have a responsibility to double-check and to assemble and use it correctly. If you receive faulty gear or you don’t know how to operate it, you must let the dive guide know.
Approach even guided dives like independent dives. Pay attention to the dive guide’s information and follow the guide, they often know the site’s highlights, but mentally prepare for the dive as if you were on your own.
A diver who is absentmindedly following a guide and not paying attention, expecting the guide to do that for them, can be in trouble if they have a sudden equipment problem or if they become separated from the rest of the group.
By understanding the division of responsibility between you and the dive guide, you will have come a long way toward keeping yourself safe underwater. And you will take major steps toward becoming a truly independent diver, able to plan and conduct dives that match your certification, as well as your experience and comfort levels.
Listen to your dive guide, be a good diver, have fun and happy diving !