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Infuriating (to me) scuba scene in a car commercial

Discussion in 'Scuba Diving TV & Movies' started by stretchthepenn, Nov 17, 2020.

  1. stretchthepenn

    stretchthepenn Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Atlanta, GA

    Oh, dear god. I paused this scene from a car commercial to get a closer look at this couple and their dive gear, and what I see makes me twitch.

    The girl's tank is mounted backward, so the first-stage regulator is likewise backward. She's gonna bash her head on the yoke knob. Hard. Even worse, that orientation routes both her primary second-stage regulator hose and her backup reg hose to her left side; the regs will be upside down when she tries to use them, and she'll get a lungful of water.

    The guy doesn't even appear to have a primary second stage regulator; all he has is a single backup reg, and that one's a mess. The hose drapes over his shoulder instead of hanging underneath it, and the reg is dangling free instead of being clipped off.

    Neither the guy nor the girl has an air pressure gauge, depth gauge, timing device, or compass. Even Mike Nelson, that old-school he-man from Sea Hunt, carried more gear than this.

    And finally, the commercial seems to imply these people are in California, where the water temps range from the high 50s up north through the mid-60s down south. Problem is, the girl is wearing a shorty suit, and those wetsuits look like they're only 3mm thick. Oh...and they're not wearing or carrying hoods. Here comes hypothermia!

    To top off this horrorshow, the tiny disclaimer at screen bottom reads, "Experienced people shown. Do not attempt." Pfffft. More like "These utterly clueless models are about to die horribly. Do not attempt."
    Perryed, Bigbella, MichaelMc and 10 others like this.
  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    The water in Southern California is usually in the mid to lower 50s in the late Fall, and does drop into the 40s at times. I still occasionally see divers here without gloves or a hood. There was a student in my DM class who wore a shorty suit for our dives at the Coronados islands in the upper 40s.
  3. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    You do know they are not going diving, right.
  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Yes, I'm reasonably sure that they're not. After all, are they even carrying fins?
    Bob DBF and FezUSA like this.
  5. JMBL

    JMBL Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: France
    As far as regulators mounted backwards are concerned, I remember diving in the Azores 2 years ago, with a British guy, BSAC certified, who mounted his first stage that way.

    Seeing my surprise, he told me it was standard BSAC procedures. We dived only once together so I've never figured he was kidding or not. Has anybody here BSAC experience and can confirm or not ?
  6. Miyaru

    Miyaru Tec Instructor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: below sea level
    is the commercial on the internet somewhere?
  7. Zieg

    Zieg Solo Diver

    Toooooo much tv, time for you to go diving.
    FezUSA and uncfnp like this.
  8. Rich1280

    Rich1280 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Yorkshire, UK
    @JMBL I've trained with BSAC and been a member of a couple of clubs. No, its not normal!

    shoredivr likes this.
  9. Ghost95

    Ghost95 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Florida
    And their masks are not backward on their foreheads!!!!
    chillyinCanada likes this.
  10. arbby

    arbby Angel Fish

    He was probably confused by the rental gear. Octo generally routes to the left for BSAC (no idea if a standard). I guess if someone is faced with unfamiliar routing of it on the right they could think to rotate the first stage to have yellow on the left - at the expense of all else

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