Dive Guide and Spotter Code

Registered guides are entitled to win raffle prizes at the closing ceremonies on December 2, 2017.
Kindly note that registered guides and spotters may not register as participants and vice versa,

Underwater Conduct and Marine Conservation

The competition will follow a strict ‘No Marine Life Manipulation’ policy. Any photographers found in the act or harassing, destroying or improperly handling marine life will be automatically disqualified from the competition. Mishandling and improper behavior includes, but is not limited to:
  1. Improper handling and/or destruction of marine habitats
  2. Marine life photographed out of their natural habitats
  3. Marine life displaying unnatural behavior

Dive Guide Etiquette

  1. Dive guides are expected to follow all safety procedures as dive professionals
  2. Participating dive guides must establish proper rules in photographing marine life with their participating guests
  3. In cases of multiple divers waiting to photograph the same subject, dive guides are expected to manage shooting time for every photographer to give equal opportunity to shoot.
  4. Dive guides must follow the ‘No Manipulation’ policy at all times during any dive
  5. Capturing, moving or introducing marine life is strictly prohibited. Photos must display marine life as they were found where they were found.
  6. Destruction of creature habitats such as sponges, soft corals, hard corals, anemones, etc. to bare marine creatures will not be allowed and tolerated.
  7. Dive guides found to be in violation of these rules will be barred from further participating in the competition and future competitions
  8. Likewise, photographers under said dive guides’ care will also be penalized and/or disqualified.

Reporting Untoward Behavior Underwater

  1. Guides and participants will be issued ID tags to attach to their tanks and regulators for easy identification.
  2. Any individuals wishing to file a complaint is requested to identify the erring participant and/or dive guide via the number on their ID tag and get in touch with the event organizers to lodge a formal complaint.
  3. Please avoid direct confrontation, especially underwater.