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- Port Orchard, Washington State
- # of dives
- 1000 - 2499
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spare air and the plan was to bail to that and make a free ascent if things went sideways.
I asked if they had backup masks so they could at least see during the free ascent, but they didn't carry those either.
The mistake is you're assuming the couple is informed, or had thought through the decision with enough depth. It's very likely they don't realize how quickly their 3cu spare-airs would run out at depth.It was kind of an unusual config for sure. Since they are a husband and wife buddy team that dives together all the time the next logical question was why not octos? Even in an emergency (sharing gas so doubling the massive hoovery) you would still think there would be more gas in one of their cylinders than a spare air, but I got the impression there was a lot of spearfishing, same ocean buddy diving and not being in the general vicinity of each other underwater that led to the spare air decision. The interesting thing was that in watching them underwater I kind of came to the conclusion that the underwater comms were actually part of the problem. That obviated their need to stay that close to each other since they could just press to talk and say "I'm over by the big rock" or whatever.
I agree, that worries me even more due to the chance of getting stuck solo and needing help or time to problem solve.
My gf is my dive buddy 80+% time. We use ffms usually due greater comfort in the cold water. We have comms but never use it now. Hand signals seem to be the best configuration for us as a team pair. Plus i'd rather not waste my air since I use way more then she does.