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Polar Diving

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Polar Diving Information

Requirements for Polar Diving

These voyages are not for beginners, you'll have to be an experienced diver (Open Water Advanced) and must be familiar with cold water diving and dry suit diving (at least 20 certifiied dry suit dives). Before departure you will have to show an internationally accepted diving certificate, diver's log book and a Medical Form approved and signed  by your doctor, stating that you are physically healthy to practice scuba diving.

Participants must demonstrate capability in the primary skills required by cold water diving:
Cleaning the mask out of water
Changing the main regulator to the reserve and vice versa
Tapping into the buddy reserve regulator
Conducting an emergency rising to the surface breathing by means of the buddy reserve regulator
Buoyancy Control
Communicating with the buddy and with the tender

It will be necessary to demonstrate these abilities to the Dive Staff in the course of the check dive.
Divers without the necessary experience are kindly asked to abort diving and join the landpgramme for non-divers.

Safety First

Diving in these remote Polar areas is no more dangerous than normal scuba diving as long as one important rule is adhered to: Safety First ! All divers looking for dangerous stunts or want to make deep dives are kindly asked to stay at home.
There is no decompression chamber, medical care in these polar regions is almost non-existent and there is hardly any infrastructure. We have a first aid emergency kit and oxygen at hand. We do not accept risky ventures from any of our divers.

Buddy System

We dive in a mandatory 'buddy system'. This is one of the most important rules for our Polar Diving Expeditions. If you don't have a dive-buddy, one will be assigned to you.
There is no ‘in-water’ dive guide leading the dive underwater. The divers are expected to be experienced enough to read their instruments, and look after each other with good buddy technique (arms-length) in order to have a safe dive.