In this issue we look at diving the remaining debris field of the Rena wreck. One of the comments I hear from those who have dived it and my own experience is that the currents flowing over the wreck can be quite strong! In my article on pages 48–51 I stress the importance, in my opinion, of planning your dive so that you surface up one of the four buoys on the wreck site thus ensuring you are not carried away in the current.
Half a billion dollars has been spent on the salvage and ongoing monitoring of the site. This includes putting in place, as far as practical, easily accessible information about diving the site safely. If there were any dollars for further developing the monitoring programme, it would be great for divers to have an idea before going to the site of the possible strength of the current in relationship with the tidal movement. I’m not suggesting 24/7 monitoring of the site. But information recorded over a couple of months should be enough information to do a computer model that gives you a guide as to what currents to expect at various stages of the tide. Maybe the salvage operators have this information after spending four years on the site? Just a thought for providing further information for those visiting the site.
On pages 36–38, we continue the discussion from our previous issue re: diving fatalities.
The Police National Dive Squad have supplied some very interesting facts relating to diving fatalities. It reinforces the well-known fact that basically any accident either on land or in the water is the result of a number of events/factors that when combined result in an accident or fatality. We will continue this very serious subject in future issues. We welcome your feedback on this very important discussion.
TecFest (see pages 56–57) was recently held on the shores of Lake Taupo, New Zealand. Richard Taylor, the Chair of the New Zealand Recreational Dive Industry Group (NZRDIG), gave a presentation on its formation and goals. People in the industry may recall a similar group, Dive Industry New Zealand (DINZ), which was very proactive in promoting the sport of diving etc. This group disbanded back in the late 1990s or early 2000s.
I, and many others, believe that the industry is negatively affected by not having an organisation representing the industry. Congratulations to all involved in finally putting together NZRDIG. I encourage the industry to fully support this group who will be our watchdog regarding government legislation. The group have strong links with: Tourism Industry Association; WorkSafe New Zealand; New Zealand Underwater Association and many other organisation that provide services to the dive industry. On behalf of New Zealand’s dive industry I wish the group every success in its endeavours and objectives.
Dave Moran, Editor