Diver Safety & Styles ~ Safety At All Times
Spirit of Freedom is committed to diver safety and safe diving practices, at all times. Visiting remote coral reefs, hundreds of kilometres from the coast, diver safety is critical. As well as our professional dive crew providing detailed dive briefings, Spirit of Freedom crew divers are in the water on every dive with lookouts overseeing the water, in constant VHF contact with the dive deck and tender.
All crew are trained in Emergency Management including CPR, EAR, Oxygen Therapy and Defibrillation use. Spirit of Freedom carries a Defibrillation Unit and sufficient medical oxygen to provide 100% Oxygen whilst travelling back from the Coral Sea to a medical facility.
Spirit of Freedom also includes Nautilus Lifeline units as standard in-water safety equipment. The Nautilus Lifeline is a 2-Way VHF Marine Radio and GPS, which is complimentary and issued to divers for their use on all Spirit of Freedom dives. These units are in addition to the existing visual and audible surface signalling devices provided (whistle, safety sausage and cylume stick).
Dive Styles on Spirit of Freedom
As our guest, you are free to enjoy your own diving style, within the boundaries of safe and responsible diving. As such we set no limits on time, depth or style of diving outside of normal safe diving practices
The Divemaster or Instructor will be in the water on every dive, primarily as a Safety Diver. Guests are welcome to dive with the Instructor, but this is not a ‘guided dive’ as such. You will be joining others with the Instructor.
Most dives will be from the main boat, with the reef either below or a short swim away. On a drift dive you may dive from the dive tender and drift back to the boat. Re-entry via dive ladder: assistance provided.
Solo diving is not allowed, except for guests who are certified solo divers. Clearance with Spirit of Freedom management must be arranged prior to your arrival and you must bring your own pony bottle.