Hosting a Dive
Dive hosting is the bread and butter of our club. If nobody hosts, nobody dives. Since ours is a hobby that entails some risk, we have some guidelines for you to keep everyone as safe as possible.
Post dives that you are comfortable with or one you can confer with a mentor. There is a good chance a diver will arrive that has never dove the site before. Make sure you or someone there can provide some guidance.
- For liability reasons, we suggest you use a title that describes the general area but not the exact dive site. You will describe the exact dive site in the body of the post.
- In the body of the post but as much information as possible. It might be a good idea to take a look of previous posts at the dive site in question. You can also ask previous dive hosts about that location.
- Make a point to include any special requirements of the dive such as skill level, equipment needed, current and possible weather issues.
Pre-dive Meetup monitoring:
- Monitor RSVP’s, comments, and questions from club members enquiring about the upcoming dive. Answer the questions as best you can. Do what you can to falicate carpooling.
- Make a reasonable effort to ensure divers have the skill level and experience to safely participate on the dive.
At the Dive Site:
- Check in with the divers as they arrive at the dive site
- Have waivers available for non-members to sign. (A non-member needs to only sign a waiver once. The club keeps them on file.)
- Keep divers informed of the time remaining before splash. Some dives are very current sensitive.
- Answer questions and address concerns of the participants.
- Make sure divers have the necessary equipment for the dive.
- Conduct a dive site briefing and give suggestions to first time divers to the site.
- Allow divers to find a dive buddy and offer suggestions on optimal pairing based on the needs and desires of the divers. Teams of 2 or 3 divers is ideal.
- Have dive teams establish buddy separation protocols for the dive.
- Strongly encourage all teams perform a buddy check.
- Ensure all divers return to shore safely.
- Address any issues that may have arisen.
- Encourage the divers meet at a nearby food dispensary for post dive banter and bonding.
- You get to dive at the sites you want when you want.
- Free air fills!* ** ***
*There is always an asterisk. Here’s the deal. If you host a dive and 5 other Marker Buoy members show up and dive you get a 10 fill air card. A qualified diver with an oxygen recovery tank will count as an additional diver. Ask a club member about getting certified to administer oxygen. Once you are qualified, you may borrow one of the club’s O2 kits.
**What’s this?! More asterisks? Yep. Your first hosted dive as a member will get you a 5 air fill card. So if you get 5 more members to show up to your first hosted dive, you just earned yourself 15 air fills. Sweet!
***Come on! You’ve got to be kidding me! Sorry, just one more thing. You can only earn one 10 fill air card per calendar month.
There are some forms that are involved.
Non-member Liability Form. I suggest you print some out and stick them in your car.
Air Card Request Form. Hopefully you will need a lot of these.
A couple of previous board members made a great ‘Best Practices’ for dive hosts, which I shamelessly stole from to write this web page. The original list is here.