We tip our facemasks to dive resort resort/live aboard charter operators who are service oriented, knowledgeable about their local marine life, and are flexible and willing to adjust the diving schedule should an unexpected photographic opportunity present itself. They should also allow divers some underwater freedom. By the nature of their work, underwater photographers tend to be independent, self-reliant solo divers and should be treated as such.
Apart from considering current or weather conditions, we tend not to patronize dive operators who arbitrarily impose set bottom time limits without taking into consideration the skill level, or diving experience of their clients. We also appreciate dive operators that provide for the special needs of underwater photographers by supplying dedicated camera rinse tanks, camera tables, charging outlets, and other facilities.
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