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ISO chiefs inspect CDWS
denison, who deals with all cdWs auditor training and follow-up
assessment visits said: ‘Iso is the world’s leading developer of stand-
ards. Iso standards are designed to be adopted worldwide. standards
A delegation of inspectors from the Iso recreational diving standards
were developed because we [divers] perceived a need for them. The
development team visited sharm el sheikh to inspect the work of all
standards came from the industry.’
the cdWs auditors in the first of series of annual checks. The visit at
the end of september marked the near-completion of the first audit- despite repeat auditor visits of up to eight times of some businesses
ing phase of dive operations throughout Egypt and the beginning of to ensure they met standards, more than 0 operations in the red sea
the re-audits for 2010. have now lost their license and been black-listed.
dr Peter Jonas, director of certification of Austrian standards and ‘Quality pays and standards help to ensure quality is there,’ denison
manager of the EuF (European underwater Federation) certification added. ‘The job of the auditor is not to go in and close centres down,
body, arrived with Martin denison, who is the EuF certification body but to go in and them pass the Iso standard. In many countries
auditor and chairman of Iso working group for recreational diving compliance with standards is not compulsory, but things become
services, to spend two days with all cdWs auditors to check up on difficult when there is an accident. officials look at the standards in
re-audit visits and to inspect their work. shadowing all the auditors at these cases. standards make the market fairer - help the consumers
two sharm-based dive centre re-audits, the inspectors evaluated and and help dive operations.’
gave feedback about the cdWs team. They also shared the results of
denison also outlined the details of two new Iso standards in nitrox
a recent audit feedback survey of dive operations.
training and introductory dives, full details of which will be sent out
‘congratulations, this is a good picture,’ dr Jonas told the team. ‘over- to cdWs members.
all the results [of the survey] are very satisfactory. ‘
For more information about the standards see the cdWs website
In 2008 the cdWs board commissioned the team of independent www.cdws.travel
auditors to inspect diving centres and safari boats and ensure these
met Iso standards EN 14467 / Iso 2480.
Online clampdown on
illegal operators
cdWs has teamed up
with one of Europe’s
leading diving websites
in a bid to clampdown
on the promotion of illegal dive businesses trying to operate in Egypt.
The online community of www.Taucher.net will now be able to see
which centres or operations are legal cdWs members or blacklisted
among those featured on the website’s listings.
cdWs chairman hesham Gabr said it was vital that visitors to the red
sea booked only through those operations that have passed the Iso
auditing standards and have all the appropriate licensing. With the new
system of labelling those listed, online readers can also find out more
about the cdWs and its internationally recognised standards for safety
and service.
The cdWs hopes to team up with other online dive community portals
in the near future to help raise awareness about legal and rogue
operators.
6 www.cdws.travel
Issue  october / November 2009
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