Taking pictures is an exercise that requires a lot of attention and expertise. So when we add to that an outside temperature of -30 ° C, the task of making a hole in 2 meters of ice and then immerse ourselves in water at -2 ° C for 3 hours of shooting with bulky equipment, this is a whole different story.Did you know that we are one of the only companies in the world to film under ice while freediving?
Our team respects the Canadian (DCBC) and French standards of underwater imaging and has the recognition for offshore activities: HSE -IMCA.
- ROC - Restricted Operator Certificate
- Pleasure Craft Operator Card
- CMAS freedivers
- Whitewater guide
- Near-drowning Certificate
- Professional scuba inspectors (PSI/PCI)
In most western countries, commercial diving operations are highly regulated. Any operation (work or intervention) in the aquatic environment, whether carried out in standard diving (scuba) or with commercial diving equipment, must be done by certified commercial divers. The only exception is for recreational diving training.
It could be tempting to hire a scuba diver who is equipped for taking an underwater images, but you should be aware that hiring or assigning a person or a team who does not have legal certifications exposes to serious consequences, especially in case of accident.
Working with experts who have professional diving insurance and certificates and up-to-date medical exams, equipment duly revised and annually maintained, is not only a strategic and judicious choice, but it is also a responsible decision which discharges productions of any responsibility in case of concerns.
What to expect from a professional diving team:
-Each diver must have a certification of commercial diving for hyperbaric work.(Canada: DCBC)
-Each diver must have a medical certificate for hyperbaric work (which must be renewed from 1 to 2 years, depending on the country). Only a hyperbaric department doctor can release this type of certificate.
-Revised equipment (each cylinder must be inspected annually and pass a hydrostatic test at least each 5 years, the diving regulators must be inspected annually and the Bcds every 2 years).
-Each diver must have first aid certification specific to hyperbaric work.
-An emergency plan must be established for each contract.
-An oxygen therapy kit must be available on site.
-An emergency medical kit must always be on the workplace and duly filled in for diving activities.
Don't hesitate to request these documents when submitting a contract. This is a classic step that anyone working in the field is used to.