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Banana drama

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by mr bubbles, Jun 28, 2008.

  1. maged_mmh

    maged_mmh Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Egypt
    if I am to be the flexible one, there won't be a reason why not to have peach/orange/kiwi ...etc. instead of bananas?! they're not that crucial for survival anyway!
  2. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas Central Plains
    I don't think it's a random belief - pretty common in many boating circles. It may be 16th century thinking but its theirs. PB likes to quote from his Biblical studies based on the Gospels approved by the Council in the 3rd century, but if I went to his home and he wanted to do things according to those studies - which are a minority in the world - I'd respect them, even tho I have other studies and beliefs. If I came to your country, I'd try to research your local customs and respect them - then ask you for additional info. No one is blaming consumer ignorance; just suggesting that such ignorance be replaced with accepting new information and acceptance of customs even tho they may seem quaint or even silly to others as I would his in his home.
    Is that who you're diving with this year...? [​IMG]
  3. Darnold9999

    Darnold9999 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Victoria BC Canada
    Ask me nicely, the banana goes over the side - its your boat and your rules. Demand and we have a contest of wills. Snatch it from my hand and toss it over - on a bad day you follow on a good day your tip disappears.
  4. nessum

    nessum Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: BC, Canada
    Perhaps the captain didn't react very diplomatically, but it is his boat and boaters are a superstitious bunch. It might seem kooky to some, but trust me, these superstitions are often taken very seriously. If you choose to use a vessel you should understand that the captain and crew (if any good at all) are there to keep everyone safe and if they think bananas compromise that, well, that should be respected.
  5. friscuba

    friscuba Dive Charter

    # of Dives:
    Location: A, A
    Basically, you all now know that bananas can be considered bad luck on many fishing boats. If you've got to have a banana, the smart thing to do would be to inquire about banana policy prior to booking. No bananas is a very common policy over here, I don't have it but I do mention it as a warning to customers who bring them on board in case they're planning on going out on other boats.

    I do agree, it's rude of the Captain to throw one overboard if it's not known by the customer ahead of time, but for those who have good lawyers, it'd be curious to see if the lawyer could win a case where the customer had known the banana policy ahead of time yet still brought one on board only to have it tossed.

    When in Rome...
  6. cwkline

    cwkline Divemaster

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kailua, HI
    The best I ever heard was from a charter captain in VA. He was asked over the radio about bananas and problems on his boat.
    His response:
    I've never had a problem with bananas on board, only with the monkeys who brought them.
    Safe Dives
  7. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    That's because you were eating them incorrectly.
  8. maged_mmh

    maged_mmh Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Egypt
  9. RadRob

    RadRob Contributor

    wow, what a fuss over a banana.

    as far as a skipper "demanding" things... a skipper also DEMANDS a max depth that must not be passed. do i think it is reasonable for a skipper to give the ok to a person who dove 120' but sit someone out who hit 121'? no, but thats the rules. in his mind it is a danger to go deeper and there are rules for this (although I don't know why this magical number is so important). likewise, IN HIS MIND, a banana is a danger. it is his boat and his responsibility to bring everyone home safe, no matter how ridiculous we think his rules are. they are his rules, abide or get off his boat. I know they tell the depth rule up front, maybe he should have his banana rule added to te briefing.

    what ever happened to "respect" anyway?
  10. MauiScubaSteve

    MauiScubaSteve Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Olowalu, Maui
    My first banana educational experience happened on the dock just prior to a boarding. I quickly ate the offending object, but the captain pouted the entire trip 'cause I still brought the banana on (in my tummy).

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