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Should I have done more?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by dumpsterDiver, Sep 20, 2015.

  1. fjpatrum

    fjpatrum Loggerhead Turtle

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    Dumpster, thanks for sharing this learning experience. She was stressed but nothing in her behavior indicated to me that she was truly panicked. As such, I don't think there's much more you could have done (once she committed to being in the water) other than maintaining physical contact from the time she thumbed the dive. That might have reduced her stress a little or it might not, it just depends.

    Diving with an insta-buddy whom I said I would "watch out for" I wouldn't have taken the speargun but I know you dive mostly with it and it's second nature. Personal preference on that one but I would have chosen differently. It certainly didn't seem to impact your behavior much so it's probably a wash either way.

    All in all I thought the whole thing was handled reasonably well until the end when she took off.

    I've been very lucky having been insta-buddied on most of my dives and never having had to deal with any of this kind of stuff. My closest was a called dive before we ever dropped below the surface.
     
  2. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

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    We got on the boat, she sat out, my son blew some snot out, and the two of us went back down to retrieve the reel and float..and we shot a few small fish, jacks, porgies for dinner.
     
  3. flots am

    flots am Solo Diver

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    I don't have much of anything to add, except that over the past couple of years, my limit for smaller stressors in students in class and customers when "I'm the buddy" has moved down from three to two.

    Now it only takes two signs of impending doom for me to call the dive, while it used to take 3.

    So far nobody has complained, but really, I don't care if they do. They can try out for the next Darwin award when I'm not there.

    flots.
     
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  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    I'm a late comer to the thread and one with considerably less experience than many of the posters. And no real experience with drift diving other than shore diving occasionally in or near iffy currents. Having said that, I would agree that this dive was beyond her ability level, plus the weighting and new gear thing. I guess I agree also with those who say it's up to a certified diver to take responsibility of themselves (and look at the depth/logistics and possibly not do the dive). Diving in really good viz like that is a rarity for me, but I wonder how far you were away from her from the start of the dive and on descent? It looks considerably further than I would want to be with any buddy, accomplished or not (in the N. Atlantic, decent viz or poor). Generally I am a stickler for tight buddying--5 feet, maybe a bit more in great viz. Maybe that's one reason I dive alone mostly. But then as I said, I'm not a drift diver.
     
  5. Freewillow

    Freewillow Divemaster

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    +1 with all the answers. From her eratic movements, wrong buyancy , mask problems and rapid breathing, I would have taken care of the ascent by grabing her, try to calm her down and begin the ascent while holding onto her. But with a reel, a speargun............Not an easy task.
     

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