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Resort's " New Normal " Rule - No AIR 2 or diving your long hose

Discussion in 'General Travel & Vacation Discussions' started by beaverdivers, May 21, 2020.

  1. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

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    Sorry, no, I never allowed anyone diving under my guidance with just a primary reg attached to an AIR2. The AIR2 is an ADDITIONAL air source, not an ALTERNATE air source.
    With an Air2 you typically use a primary reg with the Air2 attached to the same LP out usually employed for the BCD hose. And then you MUST have another reg, possibly with its autonomous first stage.
    So you have your primary, a secondary ready to be donated, and the Air2 which is a third, additional air source, to be used only by you and never donated.
    As said, I had never allowed any diver under my responsibility to dive with just a primary and an Air2.
    This is a totally unsafe config.
    An Air2 can be a good additional safety instead of a normal BCD command, but still requires that the tank is equipped with an independent secondary reg.
     
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  2. greeniguana

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    Hopefully this unnamed resort has also stopped renting dive gear too.
     
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  3. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

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    What's the likelihood of going skiing with someone who is positive for COVID, does not know that he may spread the virus or knows it and is going skiing anyway?

    Ski resort tourists sue Austrian authorities for 'withholding information' about pandemic
     
  4. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Additional edit to this thread:

    Would you not go diving at this resort because of this new rule? ( I have decided to not mention the specific dive resort. )

    Please stay on topic. This tread is not about which gear configuration you like or don't like.
     
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  5. Angelo Farina

    Angelo Farina Marine Scientist

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    In Italy we had a strong spread of the virus at ski stations in February, so it was necessary to close them quickly. Particularly dangerous are the large cable cabins employed for bringing back skiers up to the mountain. Here the skiers are packed strictly, and the virus transmission causes thousands of infections.
     
  6. saxman242

    saxman242 Manta Ray

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    I would think long and hard about it, as the dive resort is making policies that degrade safety.

    They're either doing it because they can't actually properly frame the risks, which is unfortunate and concerning, or they're doing it so they can say "look at us, we're being so precautious!" as a marketing tool.
     
  7. Umuntu

    Umuntu Divemaster

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    I would be more likely to consider diving with them. They have thought about the risks and are taking steps to address them. Hopefully that filters throughout their operation too.
     
  8. Zieg

    Zieg Solo Diver

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    Screw it! Go diving in your own, solo, or with your best friend, whatever configuration you prefer, in salt water away from everyone else, none of all these rules.
     
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  9. saxman242

    saxman242 Manta Ray

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    Exactly... that's the problem. They've thought about the risks and made policies that transfer to higher risks rather than reduce them. I'd be very concerned that they were doing the same thing with the rest of their operation.
     
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  10. loosenit2

    loosenit2 si respiratio sub aqua amet ScubaBoard Supporter

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    We may be splitting semantic hairs. Yes use of an air2 is a form of primary donate, but outside of SB I have not heard one person using an air2 refer to their setup as a primary donate, they typically say they are using an air2 or a bcd inflator octo. Most folks that talk primary donate as a system are tech divers, a much more limited group.
     

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