Guides and Safety
At the time of our visit Nabucco had functioned as a dive resort for eighteen months and had two Indonesian dive guides, both PADI Divemasters: One from Jakarta and one from the neighbouring Maratua Island. The resort had two dive boats: One with room for 12 and one with room for six divers. In spite of this only one oxy-box was available but – as we later found out – no-one knew how to operate it, so it didn't really matter.
There's 1½ metres' difference between high and low tide in this area so on
almost all our dives we went with the current though on some occasions going
against would have been totally impossible. No more than 100-200 metres from
Maratuas's east coast the depth plummets to a staggering 2½ kilometres, and
four out of five dives were vertical wall dives.
The guides? They went on a hike on Kakaban Island, the
boat crew sat cosily at the rear of the big boat and chatted, and the one
person that perhaps should have reacted and calmed everybody down – a German
CMAS instructor – didn't do anything at all. So it fell to us to put a lid
on the situation as best we could. The crew couldn't find the oxy-box let
alone assemble it so we started by doing that. And then after some heavy
discussion we managed to stop the two divers from shifting gear. When the
unfortunate deco diver surfaced a quick glance at his computer revealed that
he seemingly was okay but perhaps should skip tomorrow's dives just to be on
the safe side. And then he happily emptied the oxygen bottle.
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