Safety gear, trained scuba divers mulled in sports measure

Posted: 03/21/2012 in all marine news

Cebu Daily News – 

This was suggested by Gary Cases, an official of the Philippine Commission on Sports Scuba Diving (PCSSD), during Friday’s public hearing on a proposed Provincial Ordinance regulating scuba diving in Cebu.

Cases said mishandled diving gear would pose more danger to the person using it.

Cases, who is also a dive shop operator in Malapascua Island, cited an incident in Bohol where a dive shop worker lost his hand when an oxygen tank exploded.

“Tanks are like bombs. Mishandling them could endanger the lives of people,” he told the Provincial Board (PB).

Also present in the public hearing was PB member Sun Shimura, Cordova Mayor Adelino Sitoy, , dive shop operators and tourism students of the University of San Carlos (USC).

Cases also suggested that foreigners should be covered in the regulation of individuals under the proposed ordinance.

He said an ordinance would be a big help to to his organization since the PCSSD has no police powers over individual divers.

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