Chinese New Year is one of the busiest times of year for Queensland’s dive and snorkel industry. Many people are visiting the Great Barrier Reef and other destinations to dive or snorkel, often for the first time.
Workplace Health and Safety Queensland urges dive and snorkel tour operators to review their safety and emergency procedures to ensure the safety of all their customers.
Consider the following tips:
- increase the number of dedicated lookouts and in-water guides
- enhance lookout scanning techniques by rotating duties and ensuring lookouts are able to focus on supervision without distractions
- advise all visitors to snorkel with flotation devices
- arrange additional guided snorkelling tours and buddy pairs
- assessing and identifying ‘at risk’ (i.e. age, health, swimming ability) snorkelers and providing them with additional supervision
- ensure there are guides or interpreters available at the snorkelling site to help with advice and queries
- prepare and distribute translated information on snorkel safety. WHSQ has translated advice for divers and snorkelers in 12 languages including both simplified and traditional Chinese
- review and rehearse emergency procedures including rescue and first aid.