Dive Operators on Notice Over Certs
The Bali Times
DIVE operators have been warned they must tighten up on checks on tourists who book dives with them. Under the law, all divers must have a valid dive certificate issued by a recognised and authorised body.
DPD Gahawisri (water sports association) Secretary IB Agung Partha, who issued the warning, said because underwater sports were dangerous participants must be trained and dive operators were responsible for ensuring their clients were properly qualified.
He said some unscrupulous operators were ignoring the rules.
There were accredited diver trainers in Bali who could provide legitimate dive tickets for tourists who wanted to experience Bali underwater.
Popular dive spots such as Nusa Penida had dangerous currents that could sweep away unwary or undertrained divers. It was important all divers understood the risks and had a grasp of local conditions.
Insisting on only properly ticketed recreational divers would also mean Bali could collect accurate data on the sport and its popularity here, as well as avoid in accidents that could tarnish Bali’s image as an underwater destination.Filed under: Headlines