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I need 100 of you...

Discussion in 'Research and Development' started by couta0938, Oct 16, 2005.

  1. BigJetDriver

    BigJetDriver Great White Rest in Peace

    Okay, I filled out the survey. In essence, I pointed out that redundancy is the key to safety when working in a hostile environment. A well-trained buddy is a thinking piece of redundant safety equipment.

    I also included a comment to the effect that solo diving realistically should not, and cannot be banned. Diving, after all, is intelligent risk-taking. As Tom Mount has famously said: "Once properly informed of the risks, any adult should be free to risk himself as he chooses." (Pronoun in the generic sense.) I fully agree with his comment.
  2. couta0938

    couta0938 Angel Fish

    Do it easy:
    A risk assessment is essentially an examination of what in your particular line of work (diving in this case) could cause harm to people, whether you have taken sufficient precautions or should do more to prevent harm. Nowadays, Risk Assessments are a legal requirement for all businesses (at least they are in the U.K). Risk Assessments are usually forms containing a list of hazards, the risks involved and the control measures (precautions) taken to prevent the hazard.

    Quick example:
    Hazard: Overhead environments
    Risk of: Entrapment, Becoming lost.
    Control methods: Avoid. Specialist equipment and training required.

    Hope that clears things up for you mate and thanks for taking part.
  3. CIBDiving

    CIBDiving Solo Diver


    You don't Have to do anything. You don't even have to be certified to dive - it's only needed to buy air fills (supposedly), buy "life support" equipment (supposedly, although you can get what you need every time without a C card), and most dive Ops want to see a C card before they'll let you ride thier boat.
  4. couta0938

    couta0938 Angel Fish

    Lil38 - Sorry, that was an oversight on my part. If you've been diving under a year, please just round yourself upto the 1-2 Years category :wink:

    ZenDiva - As far as I know there's no "Scuba Police", many recreational organisations have a basic set of rules or a code of practice, one of the most common conditions found in these is of course that one should never dive without a buddy. But of course, it's impossible to enforce! Here's some statistics for you from some of the data i've collected from other sources (same questionnaire). Of the divers whom answered the questionnaire, 57% had dived solo. However, only 4% of the divers had recieved formal training/certification to dive solo. Interesting isn't it :wink:
  5. tlawler

    tlawler Solo Diver

    # of Dives:
    Location: Florida
    So now NAUI has been relegated to "OTHER"?
  6. D_B

    D_B Kimber/TekDiveGirl storyteller and memory keeper ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: San Diego, Ca.
    I did it, I thought I would put in my O2c worth even with my lack of experiance

    My comment ... "While I believe that having a properly trained and conscientious buddy is a far,far safer way to dive, A person that knows and understands ALL the risks of solo diving, has the training, equipment, mindset, nessissary to mitigate those risks, should be allowed to do so

    QUESTION: "Solo diving remains fairly taboo. Should solo diving be more widely accepted in the diving community?"
    I answered no because I do not want it "popularized" and have people think It's an easy thing to do

  7. captndale

    captndale Dive Charter

    # of Dives:
    Location: Chicago Area
    You don't HAVE to do anything. You MAY do anything you wish. As long as you are going from your own boat or not relying on a professional to supervise your diving you are free to make your own decisions. There are no scuba police out there. The "rules" put forth by the certification agencies are suggestions, not laws. Darwin is the real authority.
  8. Firediver

    Firediver Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Brunswick, Canada
    I love diving with my buddy.. But both of us are self reliant, but we don't trust anyone else we dive with with our lives... A dive buddy is someone you know will save your life, A dive partner is someone who you don't dive with often and could get you killed.
  9. do it easy

    do it easy Assistant Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicagoland, USA
    solo diving is easy to do, it's the part about coming back alive that some find difficult! to be fair, this applies to buddy diving as well.

    i answered the same way you did for the same reason. my point is that regardless of whether a diver has a buddy or not, each diver is responsible for his/her own safety, and the buddy's as well.

    as far as the risk assesment, i'll add it to the list of things that keep me awake at night.
  10. dmmike

    dmmike Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Connecticut
    Done. I hope it helps, and good luck on the project.

    I have no issue with the buddy system, as long as people are matched that have the same level of skill, and are in agreement with the dive plan. To many times I have seem dis-similar skill levels be matched up and both people are unhappy, and in other cases I have seen people matched up with photographers who have no interest in this. I can tell you these are a bad things. The buddy system works when the buddies are are the same page.

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