At Alberta Adventure Divers, our core values revolve around health and safety when diving:
Physical health: Divers know the importance of good health, and answering the dive medical accurately; doctor's sign off is required in some cases. In addition to sound physical health, we teach and expect divers, pro-staff and surface support to follow recommended safe practices which promote physical safety. This includes considerations such as encouraging proper exposure protection, avoiding overexertion, and a focus on avoiding the potential for virus and germ infection.
Mental health: we promote diving as a fun activity. We do not pressure people to dive outside their comfort zone. We work to reduce anxiety in students, and progress with training as students gain confidence.
Environmental health: the environment surrounding diving is inclusive of: admiring, appreciating and maintaining the beauty of each location we dive in; being aware of and following local regulations: such as use of dive flags, sign-in/sign-out procedures; and awareness of and respect for local site access regulations for private or public use. ****************************************************************
Covid and diving
In 2020, the entire world took a step back to re-assess all activities in a Covid world pandemic. The travel world came to a complete halt. This gave divers like us the opportunity to reflect upon amazing dive travel completed and review memories and photos. Alberta Adventure Divers is resuming group trips to local and exotic destinations.
As an activity, diving is relatively free from Covid worries. Divers only dive when feeling well, so people with a cold, coughing, fever, etc. do not dive. We bring our own uncontaminated air with us, we dive in our own bubble, sharing the dive with a buddy breathing from his own air source. The concerns for divers are surface related: driving to site (do you share a ride quite as easily as you used to); suiting up and doing buddy checks without sneezing on or breathing near your buddy; how to enter/exit and be on a boat while following Covid protocols.
Dive travel is itching to resume to remote locations. We recommend travelers research with respected agencies, and local health authority regulations. Be prepared and informed on local travel and dive restrictions.
At Alberta Adventure Divers, the Covid protocols have become standard operating practices! We have small class sizes; a solid sanitization & disinfection process for rental equipment, socially distant buddy checks, and tons of hand sanitizer and soap.
The prime impact of Covid in 2020 & 2021 was that we explored great diving in local lakes around Alberta. We are now ready to expand out dive horizons again!