Changes in CDWS rules for non-divers on diving boats

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It's now a CDWS (Egyptian Chamber of Diving and Watersports) requirement that anyone who enters the water must wear proper gear and be observed by a dive master from the boat.

Mary Gleeson, Marketing and PR Co-ordinator for CDWS explains:

When clients join organised excursions; the operator has responsibilities and a few points must be considered:

  • Clients must complete liability forms
  • Clients must receive a proper briefing (to include planning, directions, precautions, emergencies etc) from a professional (certified snorkel guide or higher) - holding a CDWS ID Professional card who will have supervision over the activities.
  • A snorkelling vest should be used when snorkelling
  • Supervision maybe be from the surface or in water depending on the site, sea condition, competence, certification, abilities and needs of others
When swimmers go on their own (ie join a boat of divers):
  • Clients must complete liability forms
  • Clients should receive a briefing
  • Guests may just swim with a mask and snorkel
  • If swimming in the open sea, a personal floatation device is recommended
Zeyad M. ELBassel, BM, Head of Technical Committee explains further...

1- When non diving clients are paying customers for a snorkeling excursion and join organised excursions; the operator ( the service provider ) has responsibilities to provide the service and the following must be considered ( similar to diving excursions; you provide the service including the guide):

  • Clients must fill up liability release forms
  • Clients must receive proper briefing including (planning, directions, precautions, emergencies, etc) from a professional - holding a professional CDWS ID card (minimum as a snorkeling guide) - who will have supervision over the activities
  • In sites along the shore and while the boat is moored, BCDs or personal floatation devices or wet suits or snorkeling vests are recommended, however, if the activity is in the open water or it is a drift; BCDs or personal floatation devices or wet suits or snorkeling vests must be used when snorkeling
  • Supervision, may be from the surface or in water depending on the site, sea conditions, competence, certification, abilities and needs of the clients.
2- When non-diving clients pay to join the daily or safari boats with divers; two scenarios are possible:

a. If they buy a snorkeling excursion: they are entitled to get the service - Go to (1)

b. If they do not buy a snorkeling excursion (they do not want to or it is not available); and they just pay to join a spouse, friend or family members onboard. Considerations for their own safety are:

  • Clients must fill up liability release forms
  • Clients must receive proper briefing depending on what they intend to do (sunbathe, swim, etc);
  • If they are intending to swim; clients should be briefed about sites, when, where, how to get into the water and back to the boat, etc.
  • Clients must be instructed not to go into the water if there is no-one on the boat to provide supervision or if the boat is drifting
  • in sites along the shore and while the boat is moored, BCDs or personal floatation devices or wet suits or snorkeling vests are recommended, however, if clients intend to swim or snorkel in the open water; BCDs or personal floatation devices or wet suit or snorkeling vests must be used.

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