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Let me explain.So, Aldora makes you surface as a group, rather than allowing divers/buddy-pairs to shoot a DSMB?
I was part of a group of divers last week, diving with an operation with a policy of starting the ascent when a diver reaches 700 PSI. For the most part, we were delighted with the dives. The problems came as the dives went on toward their ends. On those 10 dives, we averaged 88 minutes of dive time. On some of those dives, that was great, because we had something interesting to see the entire time. On most, though, at the end we were drifting in open water, sometimes high over the top of the coral below, sometimes over sand flats, for what seemed like an eternity. On those last dives, I felt a great sense of relief when the DM finally signaled that we would begin the ascent.
I suspect I was not alone. I suspect every one of us would have gladly spent the last 10 minutes of those dives back on the boat, but we couldn’t. We each knew that if we decided we had had enough and signaled the desire to go up, then the dive would have ended, and everyone else would have had to go up, too. We did not want to be the one to end the dive for everyone else just because we were totally bored.
More likely its my age.I wonder how your experience level (1000+ dives) affects your perception (boredom at the end of the dive).
Ha. I'm 68, did not know of my limitations. There's 68 and then there's 68.More likely its my age.
Four years ago, DAN's Alert Diver magazine ran an article with a title along the lines of "Guidelines for Senior Divers." The author was 68, and he advised divers of that age range to limit maximum dive depths to 80 feet and dive times to 40 minutes. My friends and I are in our 70s. Our average max depth that week was 88 feet, with a deepest of 126 feet, and our average dive time was 88 minutes, with a max of 94.
There was some napping done in the afternoons.
You just vaguely described the famous case of Chris and Chrissy Rouse, the father and son team who dived when others were bailing because of the weather. Although the weather was not the cause, the fact remains that they died because they talked each other into doing a dive that neither of them wanted to do.I noticed this a lot with bad weather.
I tell people they will be sick during the drive, they won't see anything during the dive and at least 1 in 5 people will panic on the surface and everyone still goes, because nobody want's to be that guy that ruined the fun for everyone else.
And of course, 2 people stay on the boat to chum, the current is ripping the wrong way, all the interesting critters are doing the smart thing and staying at a bar, or a fishy version of it, until the weather clears, and that one macho guy get's a panic attack and I get to drag his overgrown manly body back to the ladder because apparently being catatonic is a viable solution for the 1 in 5 people problems.