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Can You Trust Your Dive Guide?

are they as careful and responsible as they should be?

from the May, 2020 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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When we review reports from our dedicated readers -- and when we think about our own trips -- it's clear that dive guides are not always as careful and responsible for their charges as they should be. So, we're working on a piece about that and want to hear your own stories.

These days, as divers can get certified by watching videos and taking a couple of quick dips in the ocean, there is a preponderance of folks who like to say they have gone diving just as they might say they've gone skiing or white-water rafting. Mark up another activity on the life-chart. However, when rafting, you are in the same boat as your guide, who is in control. Scuba diving isn't like that --you really are on your own.

Many of our readers are highly experienced, having made hundreds, if not thousands of dives in all sorts of conditions. Others are less advanced. While you may be in the water as part of an organized group or supervised by a group leader or dive guide, unless you have had a widespread experience, you may need looking after on some dives. But, if you place your trust in the guide, who is also looking after a bunch of other divers of varying abilities, and trust that he or she is indeed looking after everyone and making all the right decisions, you may be fooling yourself....


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