From a purely diving perspective, the eISR will operate in a manner similar to a
diving lodge. The Race Committee will be providing air fills, advice on diving conditions,
and rescue divers. Each team will however be operating under its own certification
organisation's rules and procedures for recreational expedition diving. Each team
will therefore require a suitably qualified Dive Leader (see table above for equivalences),
and a Safety Officer. No member of the team
may be paid to be there - all divers must be purely recreational.
The Dive Leader must be "competent to lead a dive team." This person will supervise the
team's actions during the race, either from the surface or underwater, as required by
the team's certifying organisation's rules. Under PADI rules, for example, the Divemaster
may choose to lead from the surface or underwater, whichever seems most appropriate to him
or her. The Dive Leader needn't be a permanent member of the team - a suitably qualified
member of your local or university diving club would be perfectly qualified for the role.
There is some room for negotiation on this aspect, so if a team is having trouble finding
a suitably qualified individual, please get in touch,
and we'll work with you to find a solution that works for everyone. WE NEED TO HAVE THIS
SORTED OUT BEFORE YOU GET ON THE PLANE - ONCE YOU HAVE ARRIVED ON SITE, IT WILL BE TOO LATE
Teams will also be required to provide a Safety Liaison Officer on the
surface to provide oversight and liaison with the race coordination.
This person must be "competent and knowledgeable in the diving being
conducted and the operation (deployment, handling and use) of the
submarine," but does not need to be a qualified Dive Leader/Divemaster.