Vanuatu has a well-established diving fraternity and has an active dive overseeing body called the Vanuatu Scuba Operators Association. Dive operators are encouraged to be part of this well-organised association, which keeps members informed of the latest news, regulations, meetings, safety protocol and so on.
There are many dive-shop operations in Vanuatu and they are found in all prime diving regions. They provide dive trips and dive training to scuba divers staying in resorts, lodges and hotels in their area. Several resorts have their own integrated dive shop facilities, rather than use a nearby operation.
All scuba diving tour operators must have a valid business license (CAP 249: Section 2).
Other licenses, permits and clearances as required by Vanuatu Law.
Must have public liability insurance.
Must be a member of a Tourism association recognized by the Vanuatu Standards committee
A list of all dive Instructors/Masters must have the following information’s and should be displayed at the tour operation centre:
Full name of Instructor
Full name of business
Dive certification i.e. PADI/SSI/NAUI
Dive instructors level of certification/qualification
Your operations must be able to cater to Either/Or Both English and French speaking tourists
Must have good communication skills
E. DIVE LEADERS RESPONSIBILITIES
Must assess the skills and abilities of each diver before the tour.
Must prevent any diver from participating if they fail their risk assessment.
Must inform divers of the local laws, regulations and rules of behaviour during the dive tour.
F. SERVICE / ENVIRONMENT
Must have a customer codes of conduct manual be present on board at all times.
Must ensure all activity avoids walking on corals or sea grass beds.