All trips with divers have a minimum of two staff members. One is an in-water Instructor and the other staff member remains on board to assist divers. On the both dive of all 2-tank trips (the deep dive), we will have an Instructor in the water to assist other divers and to lead of the dive.
At Samana Diving’s we respect the effort, you put into earning your certification card and respect the qualifications you earned. As such we expect that all divers who present themselves as certified divers are capable of executing and successfully navigating a dive as a buddy team without any assistance from an in-water Instructor. If you are not confident in these skills, then we would recommend hiring a private Instructor who will guides and navigates your dive for you.
However, we go with an instructor per 4 divers, so, normally, even if you don´t have too much experience, an instructor will be near to you in all moment.
All of our dives start with a briefing where our Instructor will share with you a description of the site, local area, environment, and emergency procedures.
Our in-water Instructor is there to assist divers observed in distress and to lead a dive for any buddy teams who desire to follow him/her. He is an Instructor to everybody and buddy to nobody. His role is to enhance the pleasure of the dive by using his first-hand knowledge of the area.
Divers who are experienced and comfortable with their own navigation are welcome to go off on their own. During the dive briefing, a suggested profile will be described along with a “be back” time. If you perform your own navigation, all we ask is that you are back on the boat by the specified “be back” time.
Divers who want to perform their own navigation and where both buddies have a computer are welcome to go where they want and determine their own profile as well. All we ask is that you go no deeper than 100 ft / 30 meters (if you and your buddy have a computer) and are back on the boat by the specified time.
When possible, we try to separate divers by experience levels and offer two options, a more ‘experienced’ boat trip, versus a beginner diver trip for divers that are new, or not been in the water for an extended period of time.