I am often asked about diver safety in Fiji, particularly if there is a recompression chamber?
Diver safety is, fundamentally, the responsibility of the individual diver, but of course, depending on our experience level, we also rely to a greater or lesser extent, on dive operators, dive guides or DM's and instructors to assist us. Over reliance on others is not a good thing, especially if something goes wrong.
There is a great deal that individual divers can do to increase their own safety and preparedness. This may be some items of personal equipment like a surface signalling device, additional training, e.g. First Aid, and an awareness of what to do in the event of an incident. Depending on where you are in the world, the answer to this last will be different. If you were in the UK, dialing 999 will usually get you what you need. In Fiji, probably not.
To answer these questions, we will hold a safety briefing and discussion, and visit to the recompression chamber at CWM, this Saturday morning. The starting venue will depend on numbers interested but probably at the Yacht Club. We will start at 9.30am and should be finished before 12.
There will be a cover charge of $10 per person for staff attending from CWM, information packs and some refreshments.
Please let me know asap if you will be attending.
If anyone has any diving incidents they would like to discus, major or minor, in Fiji or else where, please feel free to contact me confidentially so we can discuss. It is often by looking at what went wrong that we learn the most.
You can download the Fiji emergency notes for divers here.
Hoping to see lots of you on Saturday.