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Backward roll for high entries?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by NYCNaiad, Sep 28, 2016.

  1. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Lake Jackson, Texas
    How about over rotating your body & hitting your head first?
  2. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    Your back is supported by the tank/BC. It's never caused a problem for me high or low.

    Have you ever tried it?
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  3. farsidefan1

    farsidefan1 Loggerhead Turtle Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Salt Lake Valley, Utah USA
    I dove off Mike Balls' Spoilsport back in about 2008 and it was over 10 feet to the water. You could go down the steps but with all your gear? Nah, giant stride feet together toes up.
  4. miketsp

    miketsp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: São Paulo, Brazil
    I remember one dive trip where we were a large group which we split over 3 dive boats. But then on the second day 2 of them broke down with mechanical problems so we had to look around for alternatives. The only boat we could find available that was big enough was a very large schooner, high out of the water and wooden railings all round. So the only practical way was a back roll off the railing and this was well over 2m from railing to water. I was very nervous when I did my first entry and very surprised when I felt no impact entering the water. Over the next few days we did a lot of high entries in this manner and surprisingly even when doing it in a botched manner (over rotating) there were no real consequences. Definitely the smoothest entries were achieved by avoiding rolling the whole body backwards - just let the body drop while raising the legs. Ideally you want to drop into the water tank first and not be rotating continuously during the long drop.
    Since then I've done many back rolls even from greater heights without any qualms.
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  5. dmaziuk

    dmaziuk Regular of the Pub

    ISTR a silly joke that ended with "it's bone, what's to hurt there?" Seriously, though, I'd again be more worried about the back of my head and tank valve, and dislodging the mask.

    We had a diving well with a 10 m platform next to the pool where I swam as a kid. I don't think I ever braved the 10, but I think we did the 7 sometimes. We jumped off 3 and 5 often -- I promise you, if you roll into a ball, you'll be fine hitting the water any which way. The gear is what I'd be concerned with.
  6. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    No, and I'm not going to either.:eek:
  7. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    That was the 1st thing that came to my mind also. I did many entries from that ship, a giant step, push off with the other leg, bring legs together, toes up. Once I did spin in mid air but the Capt. wasn't impressed and asked that I refrain from repeating that maneuver. :wink:
  8. Mustard Dave

    Mustard Dave Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Manchester, UK
    There's a charter we often use on the west coast of Scotland. It is a little fishing boat that has been converted into a live-aboard. Entry is a little tricky as you have to step over the gunwale, and there is only a tiny ledge to rest your leading foot on as you swing the other leg over.

    One of the lads from my club is getting older, and a bit on the large side, and decided he could backwards roll in. As he landed upside down, the weight of his twinset, combined with the air going to the feet of his drysuit, made a comical sight as we watched two fins sticking out of the water, drifting away from the buoy!
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Glad he was not injured
  10. ScoobaChef

    ScoobaChef DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Sydney
    Seemed a lot higher looking down at the water. :p

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