Pro-Active DM's and Diveboat Waivers

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Posted by Tribes on January 27, 2003 at 17:40:06:

I was reading some of the post about Pro-Active DMís and dive boat waivers.
After reading some of this I really have to wonder about the leadership side of our profession.
I have been on lots of boats where the DM was totally useless. And were only there to show off there patch to the girls. But most DMís I have seen had a clue and did a good job. DMís need to have good recognition skills and most did. The problem on the boats is usually not the DMís, but with the person or shop the chartered the boat. They have used no recognition skills at all, they only took the divers money. The key to accident management is to recognize the problem, and then you stop it before it happens. Too many divers on some of these charters donít belong there and thatís the charterís fault.
The other thing that is very sad is our dependence on the waivers. This is so Darwinian: ďwe know that this person should not be on this boat and may die on this dive, but thatís OK we have a good waiverĒ.
I really have to wonder what our diving community has come to.


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