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Originally Posted by curtschu
As an out-of-town sometimes FL cave diver I will give you my perspective on guides at sites not requiring a guide...
My first choice would be to bring or invite along a regular buddy who's been to that site before.
Very close second choice would be to convince one of my N FL local friends to join me. Between CDF, TDS and facebook I know plenty of people who'd be willing to "pay it forward" by diving with me for a day. Just like I do when they come to the PNW.
Third choice would be to hire an instructor for a day to do a "tune up" and ask that it happen at the site I want to dive.
Last choice and the least likely would be to find some non-instructor with whom I have zero mentoring relationship with to 'guide' me.
Does anybody have a waiver sample for a guided dive?
Here is one for Hart Springs
HART SPRINGS GUEST DIVER
STATEMENT OF UNDERSTANDING &
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RULES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
I, ______________ have reviewed the following procedures and rules, I understand them, and I agree to abide by them:
Guest Diver Initials:
_________ 1. I have honestly and properly represented my credentials as reviewed by a Hart
Springs Guide (below).
_________ 2. I will follow all Hart Springs Park and diving rules, and instructions of the Guide.
I will notify the Guide or Park Staff if I observe unauthorized diving activity.
_________ 3. I will remain within the direct supervision and control of the Guide during all
in-water activities. I understand that all divers will enter and leave the cave
together, with the exception of in-water decompression.
_________ 4. I understand that Guides reserve the right to deny access to individuals or
terminate dive activities as needed; guides will have final judgment and discretion.
I also understand that I have the right to terminate any dive at any time.
_________ 5. I will not re-enter or stay on at Hart Springs Park for the purposes of SCUBA
diving in the springs and Black Lagoon after such activities with a Hart Springs
Guide have ended.
_________ 6. I will not engage in any type of collecting, or cause any intentional damage to the
_________ 7. I will park and access the dive entry site as directed. I will display the appropriate
activity tag or device on vehicle during all diving activities.
_________ 8. I understand that no DPV use or diver training activities are to take place in the
Hart Springs Cave.
Guest Diver Name:_____________________Date:__________________
GUEST DIVER CREDENTIALS CONFIRMATION BY GUIDE
The following items have been reviewed and approved by the Hart Springs Guide for participation of the Guest Diver identified above:
_________ 1. Cave Diver Rating ("Full" Cave) or higher; list agency:_____________
_________ 2. DAN insurance or equivalent.
_________ 3. Cave diving 100+ cave dives experience; confirmed with:
___ Logbook ___ Abe Davis/Wakulla/equiv. Award ___ Personal Knowledge
_________ 4. Hart Springs Waiver and Release of Liability completed (guests and guides).
_________ 5. Park diving entry fee paid.
Hart Springs Guide
Forrest Wilson (with 2 Rs)
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