Last year in the UK, divers reported 314 diving incidents. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution’s (RNLI) volunteer lifeboat crews have rescued 96 divers and saved 13 divers’ lives in the past five years.
To understand more about how and why people dive, what they know about the risks and what safety measures they take, the RNLI are currently conducting a survey of divers based in Britain. They want to hear from divers of all levels of experience, even those who haven’t dived in the British Isles recently.
The RNLI are conducting the survey in partnership with the British Diving Safety Group (BDSG). This was formed in 2002 to promote safe diving practices amongst the British sport diving community. Currently chaired by the RNLI, the group has a broad representation, with all of the UK diver training agencies, the HSE and the MCA having a seat at the table.
If you fill in the survey, you have a chance to win one of two prizes. First prize is a DX Dive Computer (RRP £995) donated by Suunto Diving UK. Second prize is an Abyss 22 regulator (RRP £340), donated by Mares.
You can complete the survey at http://www.rnlidiving.substance.coop/