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Panicked diver this weekend

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by jlcnuke, May 29, 2019.

  1. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

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    Good point, and something I'd overlooked. Thanks for bringing it up.
     
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    I actually prefer shoulder to shoulder.
     
  3. jlcnuke

    jlcnuke Solo Diver

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    Nope, we were off the U dock (taking the line to the 20ft platform first) since there were two classes working out of the square dock...
     
  4. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

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    Shoulder to shoulder is good. I find that many new divers prefer to just follow. Maybe because I have seen many dive classes run that way. Lead, line of sheep, then sometimes a final DM.
     
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  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    One of my buddies, a newer diver, always prefers to follow me. I'm always trying to get my buddy beside me and making the eye contact with OK signal. Buddy claims to feel better watching me from behind no matter how often I explain how that's not going to help buddy, if problem happens behind me. Funny
     
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  6. BlueTrin

    BlueTrin DIR Practitioner

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    Maybe you should ask him to lead and then stay behind him so he can realise the issue.

    I learned to not do it because I realised it was a pain when you are leading and the buddy is behind you.

    You could be behind him but slightly above when he does not expect it and see his reaction when he cannot see you :p
     
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  7. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

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    staying above and behind you buddy is the absolute worst position to take.
     
  8. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Unless you can plant a nice bright light beam in front of his nose, not practical in bright tropical waters.
     
  9. Rollin Bonz

    Rollin Bonz Solo Diver

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    Until I have a grasp on the buddy's abilities, I'm usually vertical and strafing or swimming more or less backwards, eyes on them
    Still better than on the dock drinking a beer
     
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  10. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

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    wrong, I would rather be alone thane have someone pulling that stunt. It is extremely irritating and wastes my time underwater.
     

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