Limitations in the use of SCUBA offshore

This guidance reiterates the IMCA (and earlier AODC) guidance that SCUBA is an inappropriate technique for use in offshore diving operations and provides additional clarification on the limitations of the use of SCUBA.

IMCA members are sometimes asked by potential clients to use SCUBA because it is seen as a simpler way of doing things compared to conventional surface supplied diving. This note seeks to provide clarification on such issues.

  • Background
  • Scope
  • Shortcomings in the Use of SCUBA
  • Guidance
  • References (and Further Reading)
Reference(s): IMCA D033
Published:December 2023
Version:Rev. 2.1
Grade:IMCA Recommended Practice

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