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Suite - 1 Bedroom
Suite - 2 Bedroom
Based on Double Occupancy
Extra person in room
Map Breakfast & Dinner per person $125.00
All apartments are air-conditioned and contain, colour
TV with 15 satellite stations and fully equipped kitchen.
The daily newspaper is provided complimentary as well
as transport to Pigeon Point Beach and the use of 100 ft
long swimming pool with wet bar 50 x 20 swimming
pools also available, 2 jacuzzi, mini gym on site.
Every Wednesday there is also a complimentary
Manager's Rum Punch for all guests. 10% Government
Tax applicable on room and meals. 15% vat on food.
10% Service charge on room
Reservation only- 384-8851-52
Call 639-8533/4, 639-8391 or your local travel agents.
Rent your car or jeep from Sweet Jeeps and get complimen-
tary pick-up at the airport.
STEAK & LOBSTER GRILL on the beach for the best
steak & lobster on the Island.
Complimentary admission to the Deep
The Liming Spot of Sandy Spot Point Village
The Deep Pub Disco
www.sandypoint.net Email: email@example.com
Recently, articles about diver responsibility focus on our responsibilities to the underwater
environment and underwater cultural heritage with good reason, however let us take a
moment of introspection and consider our responsibility for ourselves.
Regardless of if you've never been diving before or if
you have already gotten a diving certification, some ba-
sics do still apply. To safely participate in the fun activ-
ity of Scuba you will require some level of physical
fitness as the equipment is fairly heavy out of the
water, and while it is weightless underwater, you will
expend more energy moving through the water as it is
denser than air. You'll also need to develop the ability to
problem solve underwater should one arise, and in the
case of young children, possession of a level of emo-
tional maturity, I dare say that this applies to some
adults as well. Generally speaking, the more comfort-
able you are in and around water, the easier you'll find
All scuba tuition is conducted by an instructor and in
Tobago, all dive charters are guided by divemasters or
instructors i.e. your experience is always being super-
vised by a scuba diving professional. That supervision
does bring greater safety and enjoyment to diving ac-
tivities but ONLY, if EVERYONE plays his or her roles.
The role of scuba instructors and divemasters is to
supervise your training and your dives using guidelines
set out by local and international agencies, and in so
doing, provide as safe a diving experience as possible. In
deciding where and how the diving is conducted, they
assess environmental conditions, divers' abilities includ-
ing physical and mental states, level of training and ex-
perience, divers' wish list, agency guidelines and
standards. As you can tell there are many variables in
the equation, one of which is you. So what's your role?
When informing the staff of your level of training and
experience, be honest to yourself. Let them know if you
have any concerns, special needs or apprehensions.
While it's a good learning opportunity to experience dif-
ferent types of dives, you don't want to step too far
outside of your comfort zone. Examine your scuba
equipment, ensuring that it functions, that you are fa-
miliar with its operation and that it is assembled prop-
erly. Be sure to pay attention and listen to the
instructor or divemaster's briefing so that you are
aware of what to expect during the dive, this extends
underwater to watching them for signals that may indi-
cate particular marine life or direction changes. If
there's something covered that you don't quite under-
stand, ask questions. As rules for the road exist for our
safety, so do rules for diving, follow them to reduce
risks and avoid endangering yourself and others. Espe-
cially, staying together with your dive buddy and the
group, and monitoring your air supply (it is yours, don't
rely on the instructor/divemaster to do it for you).
Scuba diving is exciting, challenging, educational and
fun. However, remember that you are in an alien envi-
ronment on a life support system and diving does carry
inherent life threatening dangers, but it is also a rela-
tively safe sport once established safety guidelines are
followed together with a good measure of common
sense. Just because you've paid for diving doesn't
mean that you're free to do what you want or that the
staff are totally responsible for your safety. Your ac-
tions directly affect the safety and enjoyment of your-
self and others, recognize your limitations and
responsibilities and be a safe diver today.
By Derek Chung
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