Dive RIB Launching in Mozambique
Diving in Mozambique is a wonderful holiday. RIB boats are used widely through Mozambique for diving and snorkelling trips.
A Mozambique dive boat launch should always be conducted with the correct equipment and supervision and all Mozambique launches require permission from the relevant area authority.
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Dive RIB Launching in Mozambique
In many areas of Mozambique the long sandy beaches mean boats cannot be left moored in the water between dives so if you are going out on a dive, whale shark snorkelling trip or a dolphin swim you will very probably get involved in the boat launch.
Here we explain and show what happens in the launching of a RIB (which is short for Rigid Inflatable Boat).
When RIBs are launched there should be one professional in charge of the launch and giving instructions, (at dive centres this is usually the leader of the dive from the dive centre or the launch manager) listen to what they say and follow their instructions.
The RIB may be left on the beach between dives or will be brought down to the launch site on a trailer, If on a trailer the driver will reverse into the water and brake to slide the RIB off the trailer – during this event stay well clear of the vehicle and boat, preferably to one side of the action where the vehicle driver can clearly see you.
As soon as the boat has slid off the trailer the vehicle with trailer will drive out of the water and clear of the beach. Then you move to the RIB.
First you need to turn the RIB around so the nose of the RIB is pointing straight out to Sea, so everyone stands near the nose of the boat and pushes together to ease the nose of the boat around to face out to sea, then you split into equal numbers on each side of the boat and wait for the call to push, whoever is in charge will watch the incoming surf and when there is a suitable amount of surf under the boat will call ‘push’ and everyone pushes the boat into the water… it may take a couple of pushes as many of the beaches of Mozambique are gentle sandy slopes but soon the boat will be floating in the water, at this point the boat skipper will climb aboard and everyone else will hold the boat steady keeping the nose of the boat pointing straight out to sea, the skipper will check the motors and power them up everyone else will push the boat out into slightly deeper water (so the motors can get grip in the water), the skipper will signal when he has control of the RIB and a shout will go out for all aboard (usually ladies go first and the men straight after) when the shout to board is heard climb aboard, the best way is to spring from the knees and go head first into the RIB then swing around sit on the RIBS edge, put your feet into the foot straps and keep hold of the rope that is all around the edge of the RIB, when everyone is aboard the skipper will power the engines to go trough the incoming surf, it is a short burst but can be quite bumpy so hold on, then you clear the surf and the dive leader will check with everyone and you are off out to dive / snorkel / whale watch.
Sounds difficult? Not really most dive centres and skippers will
launch their boats like this several times everyday and are very
experienced and make it very easy, the photos down the side of the
page I took on a boat launch at Barra beach and the whole process
from the first photo to the last was all over in 3 minutes ! That
is why we only use quality centres where they know what they are
doing and do it well.
Entry into the water from a RIB.
There are two main ways to leave a RIB when at sea one is for snorkelling and one is with dive gear:
2/ Diving entry: Reverse roll Positive entry.
3/ Diving Entry: Negative entry
As with all dives everywhere, if you feel uncomfortable, unwell,
or unsure speak to the dive leader and if necessary abort the dive.