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The key is fresh out of a decent OW class. Many divers never learned or have forgotten proper weighting and weight check, neutral buoyancy and low pressure hose, weight and trim check with buddy There are some other routine skills that would probably challenge many if they were asked to perform them, or had to while diving.I suspect they could fresh out of a decent OW class. Which skills do you think would diminish with time?
At that point, the woman's tank fell out of her BC and I replaced it.
Ha, I have had a single tank band since 2002, I've never had a tank come looseHas anyone ever asked the question “should all recreational BCD’s have two tank bands” in the Basic Scuba forum? Oh wait, actually they did…and they were summarily dismissed!
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself.
Immediately after receiving our OW cert we purchased new back inflate jackets. Both were configured with a single cam band. On numerous occasions Lisa’s aluminum 80 would gradually slip down or the plastic cam buckle would pop open during entry. Fortunately, even with my very limited diving...scubaboard.com
What I'm getting at is why do pockets fall out? Yes, they do for one or more of causes:But weight pockets fall out. There is no denying that. They can be checked on the surface during a buddy check, and they still can fall out. It certainly happens way more often than divers running out of gas, or getting their mask knocked off. Trying to figure out how to replace them underwater for the first time while in cold water, in a thick suit and wearing gloves is not ideal. It's not hard to do, but it takes some technique. It takes about 5 minutes of pool time, and even less in open water.
I just wish there was more honesty in the industry as while scuba diving can be a fairly safe activity and a stricter adherence to standards. When I did my IDC, I was told to not explain the reg retrieval for when a reg gets kicked out of your mouth when diving off a cattle boat as "that would scare students. Tell them it is for when taking a picture and smiling for the camera". So when a student does get a reg kicked out of their mouth they are more likely to panic. Brilliant! Sorry, I'd rather tell my students that there are two things that are dangerous to them in the Puget Sound (as the orcas kill any great whites that swim in): boats at the surface, and other divers.It's a known problem with an easy fix. Why not train for it even if the letter of the standards don't require it by a very specific reading?
Ha, I have had a single tank band since 2002, I've never had a tank come loose
I've seen some pretty wild diving on the reefs of Bonaire over our last several trips, how about you?
So let's use a hypothetical scenario. Let's say you are an instructor in some tropical destination where you need the plane ticket home at the end of your contract (a common scenario).@wetb4igetinthewater
For a short period, I dived an Aqua Lung Outlaw Aqualung Outlaw. There were several problems for me with this setup. One of the main problems was the integrated weight system. The Surelock weight pockets were way back, perpendicular to the tank. I was never quite sure the weights were locked, despite the "click" as no mechanism was visible. I was always afraid that something I swam through would pull the handle and release the weights. There was essentially no way one could release and then reinsert the weights underwater, particularly, the reinsert.
I have dived many times where I have had to hand up my weights and BC before boarding the RIB, I would have hated to do this with the Outlaw BC.