Divers

 

 

General

Our philosophy here at Oceanis Dive Center is that we respect the diving experience of our guests and allow a lot more diving freedom than most other places. With this freedom comes the responsibility to dive carefully and considerately. Divers thinking only divers.

Welcome

After your arrival fill in the papers needed to disclaim responsibilities and medical forms.
We get your information from the diving diplomas and you join a group according to your skills.

Refresh Dive

Τhen we conduct a dive off the Afrata bay or Rabdouxa for your orientation. We test the functionality of all your diving equipment and make sure you feel comfortable in the water. Aside from good buoyancy and mask clearing, “an out of air” simulation has to be mastered. Most guests will have no problem and can dive independently thereafter if they wish to do so. Less experienced/skilled divers will receive assistance from our instructors.

Boat Dives

Every morning, we conduct two consecutive guided boat dives and, in the afternoon, there is a third one. Briefings include a dive site overview, a proposed dive profile, typical animal encounters and resident special critters. Experienced divers can dive independently in their buddy teams without following their dive guide if they wish to do so, subject to approval from the dive operator manager.

The main task of the guides is to conduct a tour and point out the difficult-to-spot animals. The guides assist photographers in taking pictures without damaging the reef or harming the animals.

Boat dives are limited to 60 Minutes. Independent divers can choose to dive the Rabdouxa and Afrata dive sites with a buddy without time limit and skip the boat dives.

Surface Intervals

In between all dives, a minimum surface interval of 1 hour needs to be observed. You will be offered refreshments and encouraged to drink enough liquid in between dives to avoid dehydration. This applies whether you chose to dive with or without Nitrox.

Solo Diving

Solo diving is not allowed.

Night Diving Philosophy

Night diving in the Afrata Bay or Rabdouxa is possible daily. About every day a week on the house reef, depending on demand, on special days, night dives from boat are offered at wreck on Kolympari once or twice a week (typically before dinner).

Underwater world protection

Oceanis Dive Team invites all Guests (and especially its own dive guides) to dive carefully and to avoid the damaging of the reef or the disturbance of the underwater life by hunting, touching, poking or moving. We are happy to offer a buoyancy refresher course and to explain our conservation policy. We are concerned with keeping little miles of reefs protected from destructive fishing methods like bombing or cyaniding and understand that destructive diving practices are not matching with the presence of recreational divers. We invest substantial resources in keeping Kolymbari area a marine sanctuary.

We comprehend that in the big picture, our guests contribute to finance our protection efforts and that the odd coral breaker and creature poker would not mean the immediate demise of miles of pristine reefs. On the other hand, kindly note that the people most offended by reckless divers are the vast majority of guests who enjoy to dive considerately and in harmony with nature and absolutely detest witnessing destructive behavior.

Therefore, as a measure of last resort, incorrigible divers who are a danger to the marine life and/or themselves and others are barred from diving by the management. Fortunately, this happened very rarely in the last 10 years.

 

Underwater Photography

We welcome underwater photographers and provide excellent infrastructure and trained assistance for them. Some of Oceanis Dive center best friends and ambassadors are keen UW photographers. The flexibility and freedom the Oceanis Dive dive team offers is highly appreciated by them. In the interest of their safety and the integrity of the marine environment, the same guidelines for normal divers apply.

Safety

Every guest is responsible for the flawless operation of his/her own equipment. Ask for assistance if you are not 100% sure.

Decompression diving is only permitted for trained, certified, insured and properly equipped physically fit divers. The nearest pressure chamber is in Souda bay.
Your safety will be ensured by procedures adapted to the environment in Oceanis Dive Center
Please respect this wealth of experiences like we respect yours.

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