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DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia

History The Dive Industry Association of Australia (DIAA) was established and registered as an Association in February 2008. PURPOSE DIAA’s purpose is that of a forum to encourage the free exchange of ideas and information on diving-related issues; to seek solutions to matters of common concern, and to offer practical advice and support to its constituent membership. It will also serve as a professional industry contact point for media, regulatory bodies and other external organizations. DIAA functions as a reactive Association, i.e. it offers and provides its advice and expertise as and when required.
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
An opportunity to see and hear the wonderful Rodney Fox. Don't miss it!
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
Making Clear Decisions about your Dive Business

Every dive store will need to carefully assess their own business and whether it is economically viable to keep trading under the existing restrictions.

Please also check your State regulations in case they differ from these Federal Guidelines

Whatever you decide, CLEAR COMMUNICATION on websites and social media with your customers and suppliers IS essential.

Customers need to know what processes have been implemented by the store to keep them, and the staff, safe. If the customer has confidence (trust) in the store, they are more likely to continue to support and do business with you.

What happens if all non-essential businesses are forced to close?

This is a real possibility. Be prepared. Here are a few links to help you navigate the Government Stimulus Package options if this happens.

As an action list, the following items can be addressed in your business and personal affairs, to ensure you have sufficient cash flow to cover any extended ‘Lock Down’ periods or a sustained slowdown of operations:

1. Contact your lender to freeze mortgage/loan repayments

2. Contact your landlord/agents to request a Rent free or reduction in rent, in particular of those in retail trade

3. Contact the ATO to stop any payment plans and also request of any remaining interest or penalties

4. Request extensions from any creditors for payment of services as required (i.e. Utilities)

5. Reassess your current business cash flow with an emphasis on reducing outflows

6. Maximise the Government's stimulus package incentives to your business

Tools and links to help:

What you need to know about the $66.1 bn stimulus package: http://www.diveindustry.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/The-Second-66.1bn-Stimulus-Package.pdf

Fact Sheet on the Stimulus Package: http://www.diveindustry.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Stimilus-Package-Boosting-Cash-Flow-Assistance-for-Apprenticeships-Trainees-23.03.20.pdf

If you need any further advice, please contact DIAA on admin@diveindustry.com.au and we will do what we can to assist.

Any specific requests or questions you’d like us to address, please contact us and we will research it for you.

Richard Nicholls
President,
Dive Industry Association of Australia
admin@diveindustry.com.au
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
DIAA - Covid 19 Advice to Dive Stores

Even though most stores will have already made significant operational changes, the DIAA wanted to pass on some practical suggestions which may assist dive stores stay open. In these uncertain times, we are here to support and assist where possible.

Despite daily changes regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus), there are some basic practical changes stores can implement.

Hygiene standards have always been a priority but more than ever, stores need to be transparent about the frequency of disinfecting and cleaning procedures:

* Hand sanitisers readily available to staff and customers
* Daily sanitising of common areas i.e. showrooms, stock, classrooms and equipment areas
* Additional soaking of regulators and dive equipment with non-toxic disinfectant with extra time spent for regulators, masks and snorkels. Indeed, all hard surfaces where the virus might linger.
* Restricting courses and dives to small group sizes
* Limiting one customer at a time in any ‘gearing up area’
* Offering private course options for anyone wishing to complete their course while minimising their exposure to others
* Transport to and from dive locations to be capped to ensure social distancing measures are adhered to. If students can walk or get there themselves - please ask them to.

DAN has provided some cleaning guidelines if you have not already seen it, go here:
https://www.deeperblue.com/dan-issues-advice-for-divers-on-protecting-against-covid-19/?fbclid=IwAR1PdQ68fkf0s95v8hLQPEWES9cXbjHS6-gP9YttYyk6gWg0XLHMBfi6xQ4

Social Distancing:
The general advice is 1.5m from each person.

Air Fills:
Customers can come into the store, leave cylinders for air fills either at the store entrance or outside, to be collected by a staff member. Easy to keep the distance and provide service to customers with their own equipment.

Rental:
Customers can order online or by phone and pick up clean rental equipment by a similar method - either with the gear being left in a safe place to be taken with the rental form & signed as it is taken.

Guided Shore Dives:
Divers can meet at the designated shore dive where it is easier to keep distances to 1.5m. Gear can be taken by store to the site. Exchanged, forms signed etc and taken away at the end of the dive.

Training Courses:
Course numbers can be reduced depending on the space available - most theory can be done online.
Pool sessions, if you have your own pool or a shallow body of water to meet course standards, can be conducted with distance and numbers in mind.
Consider staggering course start times in order to keep the number of people at the store to a minimum.

Boat Dives:
Again space will dictate how practical it is for stores or charter operators to run their boats. Space requirements need to be met and with the new restrictions it may not be economically viable. This will need to be determined on a store-by-store basis

Many businesses have split staff shifts to silo any possible infection and enable the business to keep functioning if a staff member gets sick.

It might need a bit of re-organising but it is possible to keep doors open and divers diving and connected in these difficult times.

More resources can be found here: https://www.health.gov.au/resources

If you need any further advice please contact DIAA on admin@diveindustry.com.au
And we will do what we can to assist.
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
Great to see jetties and what lies beneath them is being taken seriously .. especially for the scuba diving community
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
The state of the Great Barrier Reef. A photographic map which took a year to complete. Worth saving I reckon!
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
DIAA Dive Industry Association of Australia
Underwater citizen scientists... JCU: James Cook University, Australia wants your pics of ornate eagle rays!