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Diving Safety and Insurances
Here at La Galigo, we pride ourselves on our diving safety record, That is why all our staff have been trained in primary first aid and secondary care, and no expense has been spared in relevant safety departments. We have a fully stocked first aid kit on board, as well as emergency oxygen, and a defibrillator.
Every effort has been made to attain high security standards, in the bridge we have an EPIRB emergency locator, long range radio phone (for use in emergencies only), FM and SW Radio, 4 VHF and SSB radio. There are also fire detectors throughout the boat and large number of fire extinguishers, all of our staff are trained by a fire control specialist in the unlikely event of an outbreak. There are also an adequate number of personal flotation devices and lifebuoys.
*All divers must be either Advanced Open Water certified with at least 20 logged dives, or Open Water certified, with at least 40 logged dives and have dived within the past 5 years. A mandatory refresher shall take place at our first dive site for anyone who hasn’t dived in the past year, which is included in the cost of the trip.
We accept certifications from relevant international agencies such as PADI, NAUI, SSI, BSAC. You will be requested to provide details from your dive card upon booking, if we cannot find your details online from your certifying agency, a photocopy or scan of the card will be requested. If it is not possible for you to send us a copy, it will be requested that you bring your card with you. Please present your card on the day of the charter to the Cruise Director.
*Due to our remote location a Dive Insurance policy is mandatory to dive with us. In our experience, DAN gives a very good service and coverage. This policy must include a medical evacuation.
In both Komodo & Raja Ampat the closest Hyperbaric Chambers are located in the port towns from which you embark. We have ample supply of Oxygen for dive emergencies, however breathing Oxygen is insufficient treatment for Decompression Sickness.
DAN insurance policies are free for the duration of your trip when you book directly with La Galigo, this will be added onto your booking automatically unless you request otherwise.
After COVID-19, we now kindly request that all guests have valid travel insurance policy including ‘Force-Majeur’.
Our dive guides will guide all dives conservatively as specified by the management. All dives will be no deeper than 30m / 100ft, as the best marine life show is in the shallower water, therefore we don’t need to spend too much time in the deep water. We do not offer decompression diving, and any one found not adhering to this request may be banned from diving for the remainder of their trip.
It is important to become acquainted with your dive computer, and if you have not dived recently please let us know, we offer a free refresher / check dive to all our customers upon boarding as part of the schedule, so do not worry if you are the only one!
Before every dive, a member of our staff will enter the water and perform a condition check for the dive. This will ensure that we can offer you the best and safest conditions for your dive.