Charter Boat Identification System Expands

Divers abandoned at dive sites have made significant headlines over the past two years, from the U.S mainland to Australia. Frequently this happens when dive boat operators merely take head counts of divers after their dives.

DAN President and CEO Peter B. Bennett, Ph.D., D.Sc., calls these incidents both serious and unnecessarily risky. "Head counts are not enough," Bennett said. "Leaving one diver behind in the water is one too many."

DAN now invites dive enthusiasts to join the following special efforts aimed at making diving from boats safer for divers:

  1. In all future DAN Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine courses, DAN will use its Charter Boat Identification System (C.B.I.D.) System on the dive boats.
  2. DAN will also contribute its C.B.I.D. System to all DAN Partners in Dive Safety.
  3. DAN Members can donate half-size ($50) or full-size boards ($100) or even multiple boards to their favorite dive operations.

Created in 1998, the C.B.I.D. System helps prevent abandoned or lost divers

Here's how it works:

  • At the beginning of the dive trip, the divemaster assigns each diver an individually numbered C.B. DAN Tag. When the diver is on board, the tag goes on a C.B.I.D. Board.
  • Before diving, the divers clip the tags to their buoyancy compensation devices. The tag number corresponds to the divemaster's roster number.
  • When returning to the boat, the diver unclips the tag and returns it to the board.
  • The captain then knows who is on board and who remains in the water. The captain cannot leave the dive site until all the tags are returned to the C.B.I.D. Board.

Each tag bears the diving vessel's name and phone number, DAN logo and DAN Diving Emergency Hotline telephone number. For more information about the new options for the C.B.I.D. System, call DAN +1-684-2948, or 1-800-446-2671, c/o program coordinators Cindi Courter, ext. 446 and/or Cindi Easterling, ext. 610.