Diving is a fascinating and addictive sport, but please always take responsibility for your own safety, and ensure your equipment is properly maintained. In Denmark the Watersport Safety Council has published a set of 10 simple rules that can be seen as the minimum level of compromise between the rules set by different diving organizations.
- Only dive if you are fit, healthy and physically and mentally prepared for the dive.
- Be familiar with the conditions you will dive in.
- Take good care of your equipment. Before diving remember to check your equipment, your air supply by caring out a self-check, buddy-check, and dive leader-check.
- Always follow the dive leader’s instructions.
- Be familiar with and respect your diving tables (avoid decompression sickness - remember your safety stops, and to ascend slowly).
- Never dive alone.
- Optimize your buoyancy (adjust your weight belt correctly)
- Breathe deeply and calmly.
- Use surface support (e.g. a buoy, boat or raft)
- Know the applicable rules and laws. Always use a dive flag.
To dive correctly Danish Maritime law stipulates the following:
- The international signal flag “A” (120 x 100 cm) must be flown when undertaking any form of diving in open water. The distance between the flag and divers near the surface should never exceed 30 meters.
- The flag must be visible and flown at least 100cm above the surface of the water. It must be placed at both ends of the area to be dived.
- If the dives move out of the marked area, they must be followed by a support boat displaying the signal flag “A”.
- All dive teams should use a tethered surface buoy (SMB) that clearly shows the divers position on the surface.
- On evening- and night dives the dive flag and SMBs must be lit up, so these signals can be clearly seen by passing vessels.