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‘Leisure diving not essential’ – Coastguard

‘Leisure diving not essential’ – Coastguard

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Scuba divers are being warned to heed Government advice to stay at home and not go out diving over the Easter break – the traditional start of the UK diving season.

The Maritime & Coastguard Agency has found it necessary to remind all divers of government guidance during the coronavirus pandemic that “everyone needs to #StayHomeSaveLives”.

“While the Easter break might normally be the signal for everyone to get away, this weekend everyone from sailors to tourists is being told to stay close to home for their exercise – and that includes divers,” the Coastguard has stated.

“Leisure diving is not essential,” pointed out Coastguard assistant director Pete Mizen. “What divers need to remember is that if they get into difficulty and the Coastguard is called, that creates a greater degree of risk for us and our service. Every 999 call made could put our frontline responders at risk of Covid-19.

10 April 2020

“It would also put avoidable strain on the NHS services at a time when it could least afford it. 

“We’ve been told that decompression chambers are currently running at reduced levels during this challenging time. You might think nothing will go wrong while you’re out – but there is no guarantee that it won’t.”

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