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How dangerous is diving?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by faze, Sep 25, 2012.

  1. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Sorry, forgot about Bias. Your point is well taken, however these statistics may just include college & pro atheletes. Not sure what my point is here, but as you pointed out, you were talking about injuries you had as opposed to deaths. Though I stopped playing competitive ball in my 30s, I would imagine that playng hoops I logged probably hundreds of times the 165 hours I've logged diving. I probably plyed some kind of ball 3-4 times a week, and I dive about once weekly-for only less than 7 years. So again, what do you do with statistics?
  2. BCSGratefulDiver

    BCSGratefulDiver Mental toss flycoon ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: On the Fun Side of Trump's Wall
    Len Bias didn't die from playing basketball ... he died from snorting cocaine. He just happened to be a basketball player.

    That'd be like calling a car accident a diving accident just because the casualty happened to be a diver.

    ... Bob (Grateful Diver)
  3. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    Come in the "paint" where the big boys play..... damn prima-donna :cool2:
  4. vladimir

    vladimir Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Yeah, that's why I didn't count him. But Len's just a little younger than me, and at the time snorting cocaine could have legitimately been considered an occupational hazard for an NBA player. :D

    All kidding aside, some of the guys I played pickup with had a name for games accompanied by cocaine use: "NBA hoops."

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    I think the "micromort" concept that I linked to earlier in the thread is an elegant way to compare risks. The big problem is finding reliable data, especially for scuba diving. That NCAA data is probably pretty reliable, since they have a well-defined population that reports to them.
  5. tadawson

    tadawson Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Lewisville, Texas
    Thanks for promoting yet another myth . . . . I think that you will find that flying light aircraft to be orders of magnitude safer than driving a car pretty much anywhere, and massively safer than diving (which I also regard as totally safe *unless* you are untrained or an idiot . . . ). About the worst that can happen flying a light aircraft is engine failure, at which time you have 5 to 10 minutes to pick a landing spot and put it down . . . not anywhere near as exciting as an OOA ascent in my book . . .

    - Tim
  6. Tortuga68

    Tortuga68 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Puerto Galera, Philippines
    Tell that to Buddy Holly et al
  7. Doomnova

    Doomnova Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Playing go fish with the fishies :D
    Honestly there is danger in everything we do. If you spend your whole live worrying about one danger or another you will live a long life but will it be a life worth living if your always trying to avoid a bit of risk to your life. I could stay at home every day of the week do anything take no risks to my heath and sure make it to 100 and whatever but honestly I'll take the chance that something may happen do all I can to reduce the risks and sure maybe loose my life but I would much rather do that and see what this world has to offer than to sit locked up in my room doing essentially nothing and reading about others experiences but I would prefer to have and live my own. In 2 weeks I do my rescue cert next year I start my scientific diver training later next year probably my DM. Since I got into diving a year ago I'm glad I took the risk that day to sign up for my OW and honestly I do not regret it in anyway shape or form.
  8. tadawson

    tadawson Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Lewisville, Texas
    *One* death means nothing, despite the big name . . . How many die on the roads every year? Aircraft accidents make the news simply because they are so uncommon (and the opposite for traffic fatalities). If I recall, the danger of death by shark attack is higher than that from flying . . .

    - Tim
  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Woof! ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    Up in the air or below the surface, when it goes wrong, the possible outcome of death becomes more likely than many other interests. It is how you prevent those things from happening, as well as your reaction to some events that can either make it a non-issue, or have it become serious..
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  10. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Ultimately, I would not consider fatalities as a good measure of danger. in most sports, including diving, fatalities are fairly rare. I would be much more concerned about other, non fatal injuries. spinal cord injuries can devistate a life and family. Broken limbs can lay up skiers for weeks and cost thousands in medical bills, not to mention lost productivity and wages. I have seldom seen divers requiring medical attention after a day of diving, while I have seen that Skiers tend to keep the ski patrol busy fairly busy. True when you make a bad decision diving the price can be high, but any activitie using gravity assisted acceleration can make a bad situation worse very quickly.

    As a number of people have noted, diving is as dangerous as you make it. I tend to worry more about the driving to and from dive sites much more than the actual dives. at the end of the day I am tired and I have a couple of hours in the car surrounded by thousands of other drivers who I don't know anything about or their abilities. When I dive I am focused and alert with people that I know and trust. I am mentally prepared for challenges. risk free? No, but I have a lot more control over my dives than I do over the drive to and from the site.

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    Book of Odds--Sharks or Vending Machines: Which is Deadlier?

    death by shark, while unpleasant, is less likely than death by soda machine.

    Jellyfish and deer are more likely to do you in....

    5 Things More Likely to Kill You than a Shark Attack - Book Your Dive

    My cousin was killed in a deer related accident. not met many people injured by sharks. I actually am yet to see a shark underwater in CT/RI (but have been looking forward to it...)

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