Just Say No Campaign
Just Say No Campaign

WHAT IS THE SAY NO CAMPAIGN?

After being in the business since 1999, we feel that we should educate divers on their options for diving and how to effectively calculate the worth of the trip they are paying for. We would like customers to be armed with more information so that they can make the right decision for themselves where diving is concerned.

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SAY NO CAMPAIGN – LONG TRAVELING

Picture this scenario. You are travelling on a small van or a bus. When you reach the immigration point you are stuck at customs for another 2 hours. You have to exit the vehicle to go through Singapore customs and then re-enter the van/bus and travel for another 1 hour in traffic to do the same through Malaysia customs. Then it is a 3 hour drive to Mersing, the departure port for most diving destinations in the East Coast of Malaysia. Mind you, there are thousands of people trying to get through customs at the same time.

Now, if that is not enough, imagine having to board a slow boat at 12 midnight which takes at least 4 hours to get to either Pulau Tioman or Pulau Aur.

Well, if you are into long journeys and torture, this might be great for you. For us at Orpheus Dive, departing from the dive school at half past six on Friday evening and reaching the island at 4am on Saturday does not sound like a fun adventure at all. That is almost 20 hours of traveling over a weekend.

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PRE-DIVE WELL BEING

Seasickness, fatigue, lack of sleep, hangovers, use of drugs including alcohol and smoking, a recent illness, excess or sub-normal body heat, all increase the risk of DCS (Decompression Sickness)

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SAY NO CAMPAIGN – INFERIOR ACCOMMODATIONS

Have you ever wondered why you are paying so little for your diving experience? Well, most accommodations or dive centres use the word “resort” in their marketing materials. Welcome to Malaysia, the word “resort” can equate to wooden huts, no facilities, crappy toilets and quad or dormitory sharing style guest houses.

Well, for some guests who are peculiar about sharing their beds, do take note. “Quad sharing” typically DO NOT MEAN 4 single beds. Sometimes it means two queen beds. So you might be sharing a queen bed with a complete stranger who could be of the opposite or same sex.

SAY NO CAMPAIGN – FOOD

We have been running trips to Malaysia for the past 2 decades and only see services in both resorts and guest houses declining. Even a self proclaimed 4 Star International Resort in Malaysia, has had their own fair share of declining service.

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SAY NO CAMPAIGN – STUDENT RATIO

Is this how you imagined your class to be, with 1 instructor to 14 students? Most dive centres will advertise a 5 to 1 ratio and if they have 7 students, how many would really place 2 instructors? Highly unlikely. What usually happens is a non-teaching assistant (such as a PADI Divemaster or Assistant Instructor) will just be called in to assist. PADI Divemasters and Assistant Instructors are not allowed to conduct any form of real teaching other than purely assisting divers in need.

Confined water training or pool training requires every skill to be demonstrated by the instructor and repeated by every single student to the satisfactory of the instructor. Imagine having to wait for 13 other students to go through the same skills? Multiply that by 24 skiils? Besides realistically speaking, can just 1 pair of eyes oversee 8, 10 or even 14 new students underwater? So be a well-informed diver. Check the credentials of the instructors and ask the dive centre the number of INSTRUCTORS who are conducting your class. If you encounter such big groups, ask for a refund and stop your course immediately.

Your time and life is worth more than that.

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SAY NO CAMPAIGN – STANDARDS

All diving agencies require their instructors to conduct their initial training in a pool or any sufficiently clear confined water (e.g. by the shore) that offers depth shallow enough for divers to stand up and deep enough for them to perform deep skills. The minimum depth would be at least 2 metres to cover the deep skill set as the diver must be completely submerged when standing for these skill sets.  If you are of average height between 1.5 m to 1.8 m and never finding yourself ever fully submerged when doing your pool (confined water) skills, then highly likely standards have been violated.