Stoney Cove Diver Declaration

Divers Declaration

By continuing to use this site and by diving at Stoney Cove, you agree to our Divers Declaration:

I declare:

  • I will not undertake any dive in Stoney Cove unless I am competent to complete the dive successfully, or;
  • I am receiving appropriate instruction/supervision.
  • I am medically fit to dive.

I acknowledge:

  • And agree to abide by the Stoney Cove regulations and recommendations.
  • That Stoney Cove is used entirely at my own risk and that the operators accept no responsibility for loss or damage to individuals or their property.
  • That the Stoney Cove rescue team are not part of the Emergency Services, however they will respond in an emergency and assist to the best of their competence and ability.


Scuba diving can be dangerous, incidents can occur, sometimes with fatal consequences. All divers have responsibility for their own safety. Instructors, dive guides and diving buddies have a duty of care for those who are diving with them. Divers are reminded that they have the responsibility for the first actions to effect a successful rescue.

Please read carefully the Stoney Cove Regulations & the Stoney Cove Rescue and First Aid Procedures

Stoney Cove Regulations

  • All visiting divers must sign in to the day log as they arrive at Stoney Cove. If you have a Stoney Cove Diverlog registration card, carry it with you at all times, even in the water.
  • Always follow the Stoney Cove recommendations for responsible diving and the safe diving practices of your diving association, eg BSAC, PADI, SAA, SSI etc.
  • Do not dive solo and, if you become separated from your buddy or group, ascend and re-join at the surface.
  • You must meet the minimum age requirements of your training association and be no younger than 12 years old. Junior participants must be closely supervised by adults.
  • All diving schools, instructors and other divers who use Stoney Cove in an ‘at work’ situation – i.e. receive payment or some other form of favour or reward – must operate within the requirements of the Diving at Work Regulations 1997 and notify us of any diving project conducted at Stoney Cove.
  • The use of images still or moving of any part of Stoney Cove for commercial purposes requires specific permission.
  • Wear a buoyancy aid at all times.
  • Plan your dives with consideration to our regulations, recommendations and information provided.
  • Diver Propulsion Vehicles can only be used with extreme caution, and never in poor visibility.
  • Do not dive outside the displayed opening times.
  • When using a rebreather, use a Surface Marker Buoy throughout your dive or use a delayed SMB to mark your ascent.
  • Used Sodalime from rebreathers must be disposed of away from Stoney Cove.
  • Do not run, shout, wave or blow whistles unless there is an emergency.
  • Do not damage or remove pieces from the objects of interest in the water, or cause any harm to the wildlife above or below the water.
  • Keep the volume of car radios down.
  • Do not leave children unsupervised.
  • All dogs must be kept on a lead – please clean up after them.
  • Do not use any naked flame device, including BBQs.
  • Please drive vehicles slowly and with care, do not obstruct any roadway or access and have respect for each other and our neighbours.
  • The decanting of oxygen or the use of portable compressors is not permitted anywhere on the site.
  • Please follow all directions given by Stoney Cove staff.


Stick to the rules. We reserve the right to refuse entry, suspend or cancel the Diverlog registration of any diver or contractor who contravenes the Stoney Cove Regulations.


Stoney Cove staff will respond at once to any emergency, either in or out of the water. In the event of an accident, alert the staff immediately.


Underwater: Wherever possible, help them to the surface.

On the surface: Raise the alarm AT ONCE by blowing a whistle, shouting and waving.

At the water’s edge: If you see someone in trouble, raise the alarm immediately. While someone else alerts the staff in the shop, stay where you are, monitoring the position of those in the water.