Safety Policy and Practices
A SAFE DIVER IS A WELL-TRAINED DIVER.
Diving requires a joint commitment from both the dive shop and the divers. Belize Diving Services is committed to safe diving practices. We follow SDI/TDI, PADI and the World Recreational Scuba Training Council (WRSTC) safety procedures, as well as those established by the Belize Tourism Board and the Belize Port Authority.
Our safety commitment starts with recommending dives appropriate for you. Your dive experience will determine access to different levels of diving and help us to group you accordingly.
It is important for you to understand your limits and be honest in your communications with us so that we can make our best estimates on your skills. You also must know and understand the practices of SDI, TDI and PADI, as well as others. Diving has risks. You are ultimately responsible for your own safety. Before diving with Belize Diving Services, you will be required to review and sign a liability release.
Your first 25 dives are some of the most exciting diving experiences that you will have in your life as you enter a truly unique world. This excitement can cause you to consume gas at a rate far greater than a more experienced diver. For everyone’s safety, we ask that you respect our minimum diver requirements and do not falsely represent your experience. Although sea states can change without warning and drastically alter the difficulty of dives, we use our local knowledge to recommend dives appropriate for your experience and training.
We have engaged professional consultation to develop our emergency management plan and have prepared for the most expeditious evacuation possible, when necessary. We strongly recommend that all divers speak with their health insurance provider and, when necessary, carry supplemental insurance to cover evacuation and any medical treatment required.
Please understand, when you dive in Belize you are diving in a remote wilderness. While conditions underwater may seem idyllic and serene, SCUBA diving is an adventure sport, and there are serious risks involved. In the United States and Canada alone, approximately 100 divers a year die SCUBA diving — and that is with sophisticated emergency medical services available. Emergency medical care, as you know it, does not exist in Belize. A “911” or a Mayday call on CH 16 VHF will not have a helicopter, USCG and paramedics on the scene in five minutes. All of the dive tour locations are two hours or more away from medical care.