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MrCatDude

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G'day everyone,
I've been diving for just over 28 years. I left the sport for a short bit, but over the last couple of years, I've gotten back into it. I'm a long-time lurker here at ScubaBoard, and thought I would finally sign up. I have an AOW with a smattering of specialties and even spent about 5 years as a police u/w search & recovery diver (I stopped doing that around 2003 or so). Now it's strictly recreational. Moving forward, I am considering looking into doing a rescue refresher and perhaps a divemaster course (admittedly it'll probably take me another 28 years to make that decision :p). At any rate, I'm just a regular feller who likes to dive and enjoys reading the posts here.
Cheers!
-MrCD
 

Jhathaway

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Welcome from a fellow new guy to ScubaBoard!
My dive instructors at HSU recently started a dive rescue team through Humboldt Fire, any tips or cautionary tales for someone looking to volunteer in this capacity?
 
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Jhathaway,
I think the best tips I could give is to make sure you're comfortable with your ability and get used to diving together as a team. It's also good to be familiar with your teammate's diving ability and know their quirks, strengths, and weaknesses; make sure you're equipment is always ready to go and take care of it. For me, the training was challenging but rewarding. Make sure you're in good cardio-vascular condition. - Finally, be prepared for the tragic side of this kind of stuff. It nearly ruined the fun side of diving for me. There were quite a few times where the ride home from the site was either very teary or very quiet. I hope that helps and doesn't deter you from looking into it further.
 
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MrCatDude

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Welcome from a fellow new guy to ScubaBoard!
My dive instructors at HSU recently started a dive rescue team through Humboldt Fire, any tips or cautionary tales for someone looking to volunteer in this capacity?
Jhathaway,
I think the best tips I could give is to make sure you're comfortable with your ability and get used to diving together as a team. It's also good to be familiar with your teammate's diving ability and know their quirks, strengths, and weaknesses; make sure you're equipment is always ready to go and take care of it. For me, the training was challenging but rewarding. Make sure you're in good cardio-vascular condition. - Finally, be prepared for the tragic side of this kind of stuff. It nearly ruined the fun side of diving for me. There were quite a few times where the ride home from the site was either very teary or very quiet. I hope that helps and doesn't deter you from looking into it further.
 
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MrCatDude

MrCatDude

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Where do you live? Hello from Bellingham WA.
Hi Rob -
I'm down here in Tacoma
 

wetb4igetinthewater

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