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PADI highlights 5 safety points in response to fatalities

July 22, 2023 9:54 AM | Howard Ratsch (Administrator)

PADI Highlights 5 Safety Points in Response to Fatalities

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Following several fatal incidents involving PADI professionals, the diver training organisation has issued a statement warning dive-centers and instructors of any agency against losing sight of safety standards and practices.

“Diver safety is each and every diving professional’s first and most important priority, because when it’s lacking, preventable tragedies can occur,” says PADI Worldwide CEO and president Drew Richardson. “Dive incidents ripple well beyond the victims. They are deep, personal tragedies also impacting families, friends and the entire global diving community – regardless of the diving organisation individuals are associated with.

“There is generally a reasonably low risk in diving when community, training-course and safe diving practices are followed but, when they are not, the severity of a potential accident will have serious consequences that could have been entirely avoidable,” says Richardson

“While most diving professionals put safety first, recent incidents where fatalities have occurred were not simple slips or forgetful moments. These tragedies resulted directly or indirectly from violating course standards, abandoning sound judgment and ignoring or over-riding obvious and accepted dive-community practices.”

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