JEDDAH: It’s nearly enterprise as standard once more for a lot of throughout Saudi Arabia after the lifting of lockdown — and divers are extra excited than ever to be again at sea. Divers within the Kingdom are following the protection precautions issued by the Ministry of Inside, the Ministry of Well being and the Basic Directorate of Border Guard.
Lujain Shugdar, diving teacher at Jeddah’s Natlus Divers and two worldwide organizations — the Skilled Affiliation of Diving Instructors (PADI) and SNSI — and who has taught greater than 150 college students, mentioned that the group had been on six diving journeys because the lifting of lockdown.
Though worldwide flights are but to renew to the Kingdom, with the abundance of gorgeous coral reefs alongside the Crimson Sea, Shugdar mentioned that she needed diving to be one of many principal vacationer actions in Saudi Arabia.
“The Crimson Sea is among the most lovely seas on the planet for diving; it is going to enormously encourage tourism within the Kingdom. I wish to encourage tourism within the Kingdom — whether or not for locals to take pleasure in or have divers from overseas go to us (in a while),” she mentioned.
With greater than 30 years of service, Natlus gives many various actions equivalent to free-diving, technical diving and leisure diving.
Shugdar mentioned that Natlus have been following the directives of the Ministry of Inside and the Ministry of Well being to adjust to full security requirements.
She defined that as directed by the authorities, the variety of divers and other people on a diving boat was half its regular capability.
“We sanitize the boat and gear earlier than individuals board it. We additionally be sure that all security gadgets are working, and we add further oxygen cylinders on board in case there’s a want to make use of it. It’s often one cylinder, however now we’ll add one common cylinder and one other large cylinder on the boat.”
“Earlier than beginning the journey, divers might be briefed on the hygienic and security measures and social distancing guidelines, with a full clarification on how one can use sanitizers and face masks. There may also be gloves and they are going to be changeable; a closed waste bin may also be accessible on board,” she mentioned.
One can sense her feeling of reduction and pleasure after months away from the ocean. When the authorities introduced the return of diving and watersports actions, Shugdar instantly booked a diving journey.
“The ocean is the place you relieve stress out of your private and work life. It has a huge effect on one’s happiness and well-being. I’m so enthusiastic about this determination, and naturally will comply with all security precautions to make sure our well being and the well being of the divers with us on board,” she mentioned.
Saudi diver, Mishael Abdulaziz, 29, mentioned that diving was one of many least possible sport actions to transmit COVID-19 as gear was not often shared.
“We don’t often share gear. Gear is barely shared in the course of the very uncommon occasion of an out-of-air emergency,” she advised Arab Information.
“An out-of-air emergency is when one of many divers runs out of air unexpectedly because of poor planning or inattentiveness to the stress gauge or air provide. On this occasion, a buddy will share his or her air with the out-of-air diver.”
Although dive facilities totally clear their gear, many divers are inspired to purchase their very own regulators versus renting them to additional keep away from transmission.
Saudi-based Captain Issam Kalasina, King Abdullah Financial Metropolis’s (KAEC) Bay La Solar Marina Watersports and Yacht Membership operations supervisor, mentioned that they have been very proud of the return of the exercise, however there was a have to train warning.
Kalasina, who has been within the diving enterprise for 42 years, advised Arab Information: “We’re very completely happy to come back again and resume the exercise — with a sure restrict.
“Solely half the capability is allowed on board in the intervening time to keep away from social distancing points and to make sure all security precautions are being met on board. The variety of passengers has been restricted to half, captain and crew included,” he mentioned.
Kalasina mentioned that following the protection precautions required by the pandemic, captains have been assigned to have on board gloves, masks, gel sanitizers and liquid sanitizers.
“The gel sanitizer is for the palms, and the liquid sanitizer is for objects on the boat,” he mentioned.
“The boat is totally sanitized and rinsed earlier than we settle for passengers on board; it’s then sanitized and rinsed once more after the journey is over.”