General Information


We require all divers to show us your certification card, and possibly your logbook. This is especially important if you were certified by an agency other than PADI.


Our resorts are located on an island, far from professional medical assistance. Although scuba diving is considered a very safe activity, risks exist and the outcome of a scuba diving accident greatly depends on the time until which you can receive professional treatment from a specialized doctor. The cost of such evacuation and treatment can be extremely high and we strongly recommend it be properly covered by scuba diving insurance. Many regular health insurances do not cover scuba diving accidents, so please check your policy before traveling. Most of our customers are already covered by insurance such as DAN (Divers Alert Network), Dive Assure, or Aquamed. Should you wish to sign up for DAN Short-Term Plan, you can purchase this at our resort by the time you arrive at the resort before you start your diving.


Once you arrive at Bastianos, we will require all divers to fill up the PADI Diver Medical Form. Please, make sure that you read it before you come because if you have to answer a yes to ANY of the questions on the first page, we will require a medical certificate signed by a doctor in order to let you dive.


Our first priority below water is your safety and comfort. If your total number of dives is below 30 and you have not been diving for more than a year, we highly recommend that you participate in Scuba Review / Refresher with our Instructor (but this is not mandatory).


  • We practice a maximum of 1 hour dive time or when your air supply reaches 50 bar, whichever comes first.
  • For your own safety and as part of our safe diving practices, when your air supply reaches to 50 bar, you must do your 3 minutes safety stop and end the dive.
  • Maximum depth for Open water diver is 18 meters.
  • Maximum depth for Advanced Open Water Diver or higher certification is 30 meters.
  • Decompression dive is strictly prohibited.
  • In the event of a lost buddy underwater, follow the following emergency procedures: Stay where you are, look around for 1 minute, then slowly ascend without safety stop & end the dive.
  • For your comfort underwater, our dive guide to divers ratio is 1: 4

Decompresion Chamber in Manado

In Manado there is a professionally run decompression chamber in Manado, and it is under the management of Hyperbaric Health, Australia (HHA). It is located in Manado General Hospital Prof. Kandou and there is hyperbaric doctor in charge assisted by few hyperbaric nurses who also act as the chamber operators.

They keep it regularly maintained and serviced, and they send the doctors and assistants to Australia for (re)training. To pay for this, HHA have set the chamber fees quite high:

  • Chamber Treatment Table 6 (5 hours) US$4,000.
  • Chamber Treatment Table 5 (2 hours) US$2,400.
  • Any extensions are at USD $800 per extension.
  • + All cases attract a doctor’s fee of USD $500 per case.

If you already have dive insurance, these chamber costs will be met by your insurance company. However, if you do not already have dive insurance, you will have to pay the above fees yourself, and a credit card will be needed to guarantee payment before any treatment is provided.

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