1. Always follow the captain`s instructions. The safety of the passengers and the safe operation of the boat are in his/her hands. 2. Don`t board the vessel until told to do so. Just because it looks ready to board doesn`t make it so. Ask what to do if you don`t know. 3. Always stow your gear and put it in the proper place. You don`t want to trip over your gear bag or have any one else stumble over it. 4. Never leave a tank unsecured. A dropped tank could mean a broken toe. Look for a bungee cord loop that is usually used for this purpose. 5. Listen up when the divemaster or captain addresses the group and know the lingo. Don`t miss vital information and put yourself or others at risk. You can expect a roll call upon boarding, a boat briefing, a dive briefing, and an after dive roll call and briefing. 6. Gear up as the divemaster directs you to. If you weren`t listening you are bound to make mistakes. Don`t get left behind. 7. Always leave one hand free for balancing. You never know when the boat is going to bounce or rock and you may need to steady yourself. 8. Walking with fins is difficult and dangerous. Put them on as close to the entry point as possible.