Safety is the top priority when it comes to diving Raja Ampat. It's the foundation for an enjoyable underwater experience both for our dive guides and guests. Diving in Raja Ampat can be an extraordinary experience, and by following proper diving safety protocols and using quality diving equipment, your Raja Ampat dream dive can be an unforgettable adventure.

As the longest-operating dive resort in Raja Ampat, Papua Diving Resorts has welcomed thousands of happy customers. Our proven track record reflects our commitment to our guests’ safety whilst diving. Our dive instructors are PADI-certified professionals who have undergone rigorous training and adhere to the industry's highest safety standards and diving practices. With our comprehensive dive policy designed to keep every dive fun and worry-free, guests at our resorts can explore Raja Ampat's incredible underwater world with complete peace of mind and high quality diving equipment.

What are the main safety rules for diving?

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It’s important to learn how to mitigate, handle and control potential risks while diving in Raja Ampat to ensure your safety. The first and most important step is always to plan and prepare before your dive, following dive safety procedures. Another equally important step is to check and test your diving equipment.

Here are the top five main safety rules that you should adhere to when it comes to your Raja Ampat diving experience.

1. Plan Your Dive

Take some time to sit with our dive manager and dive guides to find out all you can about the Raja Ampat dive sites that you’re about to explore. Have an Emergency Action Plan ready, and be sure to get clarity on any instructions that are unclear.


2. Inspect Your Diving Equipment

This is absolutely necessary as malfunctioning diving equipment can cause accidents, serious injuries or even fatalities–most of which can be avoided if all the diving equipment has undergone intensive checks before the dive. Use a pre-dive checklist and be sure you know how to use your diving gear.


3. Practice Your Skills Before Diving

There are certain diving skills that you can practice before you jump into the water. This includes adjusting weight and gear fit, removing and replacing weight systems, deploying and stowing new gear and practicing out-of-air procedures with your dive partner.


4. Get A Diving Buddy

An important rule for diving safety would be to never dive alone. A dive buddy could be the key to your survival should an unfortunate situation take place underwater. Always be in constant communication with your dive buddy while underwater.


5. Check Your Gauges Regularly

Be sure that you have enough air for your dive, taking into consideration the amount of air needed to ascend to the surface. And remember to check your air gauges regularly while diving to ensure you have enough air throughout your underwater exploration.

Scuba Diving Equipment For A Safe & Enjoyable Raja Ampat Dive

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  • Diving Mask: Provides a clear view underwater and corrects for the distortion caused by the refraction of light at the water's surface.
  • Fins: Makes swimming underwater much easier and more efficient.
  • Wetsuit or Drysuit: Provides thermal protection and helps you maintain a comfortable body temperature underwater.
  • Scuba Tank: Holds compressed air that you breathe underwater.
  • Regulator: Reduces the high-pressure air from the scuba tank to a breathable level and delivers it to your mouth.
  • Buoyancy Compensator Device (BCD): Also known as a diving jacket, it provides buoyancy control and allows you to stay afloat or sink underwater.
  • Diving Weights or Weight Belts: Help you achieve neutral buoyancy underwater, which is essential for safe and comfortable diving.

You may find yourself asking, which of the 11 basic scuba diving equipment is most important? The regulator is the most important dive equipment as it is your lifeline to the oxygen you breathe. A high-quality mask that comfortably fits your face and powerful fins that allow you to see and navigate underwater. 


Diving Safety With Papua Diving Resorts

Enjoy diving in Raja Ampat with Papua Diving Resorts, a PADI 5-star dive center that provides a range of dive courses suitable for all levels of divers. As the pioneers of diving in Raja Ampat, having discovered most of the famous dive sites in the area, we have become the Raja Ampat dive center of choice for diving enthusiasts and documentary groups.

Our unique location along the Dampier Strait makes us a favorite with divers. Our two private dive resorts—Sorido Bay Resort and Kri Eco Resort—both come with their own dedicated dive centers complete with fully serviced, high quality diving equipment. Dives and courses are led by PADI professionals with many years of experience.


Dive Sites Near Papua Diving Resorts

There are hundreds of dive sites in Raja Ampat not too far away from our dive resort, each with unique sights and appeal, including Cape Kri, Melissa’s Garden, Blue Magic, Sardines, Manta Sandy and more.

Papua Diving Resorts has full sets of diving equipment available for rent, from regulators to masks, BCDs, wetsuits, and even fins and reef hooks. All diving equipment and tanks are serviced twice a year, within hydro testing dates as specified by Indonesian law. Find the full list of dive equipment and specifications at our resorts here.