PADI documents – do you know what you sign?
When you start your PADI course very dive center requires to read and sign standard documents. Here you can find some explanation – what and why you should sign them.
Liability Release – This document explains the risks of scuba diving to the participant and is designed as a contract. The diver agrees to assume the risks and accepts something can and may go wrong. None of us are perfect, and when entering a foreign environment with life support equipment, things do happen.
Non-agency Acknowledgment – This form explains that PADI Member businesses are not owned by PADI, that dive pros are not employees of PADI, and PADI does not and cannot control the day-to-day operations and decisions of diving business. PADI is not involved in the decisions about whether or not to dive a particular day, the dive site, or what staff members are assigned for a particular duty. That is dive company business.
Safe Diving Practices Statement – This document is designed to inform divers of their responsibility to dive safely – not only while a student diver, but after certification as well. The diver’s signature on this form confirms s/he is aware of their responsibility as a diver, and failure to adhere to safe practices could place the diver at increased risk.
The Medical Statement discusses the risks of diving and asks the diver to disclose any pre-existing medical conditions. A ‘yes’ answer requires the approval of a physician before participating in any in-water activities. The form also advises the diver to consult with a physician “on a regular basis” after completing the course.
Before you decide to take part in the course, read the Medical Statement, to make sure you can dive safely