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Reeling out and then reeling line back in?

Discussion in 'Wreck Exploration and Expeditions' started by nereas, Nov 27, 2007.

  1. nereas

    nereas Solo Diver

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    Here is my question of the day, regarding artificial shipwrecks.

    First, some background. I recently penitrated an easy artificial wreck with a buddy, however we did not use a reel nor set any line. I will never do that again without laying line, and then collecting the line again upon exit.

    Next, my question. I can envision reeling out line easily, with my left hand, when I go into an easy artificial wreck, while operating my DPV in my right hand.

    The question is how to reel the line back in when you exit the wreck?

    Must you always stow the scooter, and then reel-in the line using both hands on the reel?

    Or is it feasible to hold the reel in the same hand as the DPV handle, and then reel the line in as you operate the DPV slowly in fits and starts?

    I am wondering how do others do this?

    Many thanks, for any reasonable practical feedback, in advance.:D
     
  2. TSandM

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    There's a class report here that has some information on using a reel while scootering. I found it fascinating reading, because I've often wondered how you manage both things at once.
     
  3. do it easy

    do it easy Assistant Instructor

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    If I understand that correctly, it sounds like he's holding the reel while scootering to the tie off. Once he gets there, he reels in the "slack" behind him.
     
  4. Solitude Diver

    Solitude Diver Solo Diver

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    I admit I wasn't able to get through all of that "class report". But they were in caves and it sounds like they were playing out long lengths of line with up to 100 feet or more between ties. Then they would return and let the drag of the water keep tention without actually reeling as they go. Just periodic stops to wind up the line.

    That might be proactical to lay lengths of line without tying off frequently in a cave (doubt it is safe though) but is does not seem feasible in a wreck. In the event you have a long passage to play a lot out in, it is usually narrow and coming back on the return with a lot of untied line floating around would not be good in a silt out. Not to mention if when pulling it out, it caught on a sharp piece of metal and broke. You might find yourself holding a long piece of string which is just floating there, and nothing tied to the other end.

    Better to tie off frequently in my opinion to reduce free floating line.

    I'd sure be interested in hearing from anyone who uses DPV's and runs lines inside wrecks at the same time? I love to hear new ideas.
     
  5. Solitude Diver

    Solitude Diver Solo Diver

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    In fact the more I think of it, I cannot imagine running scooter in a wreck. I usually swim with as little motion as possible, and can only imagine what a scooter would do to the silt in an area. I suppose if careful you could go down a long passageway with it. Do people actually take these through wrecks or just around the outside and then stage them?
     
  6. Scubakevdm

    Scubakevdm ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    Why would you run a DPV inside a wreck?
     
  7. Scubakevdm

    Scubakevdm ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    You beat me to it.
     
  8. Solitude Diver

    Solitude Diver Solo Diver

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    LOL. You gotta be quick.
     
  9. JeffG

    JeffG Solo Diver

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    Because you can.

    I have buddies that have scootered through Burma Road on the Saskatchewan (Artificial reef in Nanaimo).

    They did not lay line on that wreck.
     
  10. Solitude Diver

    Solitude Diver Solo Diver

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    Yes, but that is almost a straight through (several hundred foot) corridor. Many people do not use lines in there.

    However, then you move on to the neighbor ship (Cape Breton) and can you imagine what the scooter would do to the silt in there? It’s probably ok for a play ground wreck that you know well, but I wouldn’t try it in a wreck that you are exploring and do not know what is ahead.
     

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