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The 20 Skills Broken Down

Discussion in 'Going Pro' started by lishen, Jun 3, 2008.

  1. A34735

    A34735 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California, USA
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    Thanks guys for the good replies. I meant the last item on, regardless of whether people are using a BCD or horse-collar. The point about not being excessively weighted is well taken, likewise avoidance of becoming a Polaris missile when the belt has been dumped. Interestingly the USN diving manual supports the 'WB last on' practice. The arguments against I don't find compelling, so I will stick to it. Once again thanks to all of you for taking time to reply. ATB, Nigel
     
  2. A34735

    A34735 Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California, USA
    54
    19
    8
    Correct. In the days I learnt, horse-collar BCs (we called them 'ABLJ's) with crotch-straps were the norm.
    Even so, many of us just dived with a wet-suit, cylinder/harness and a carefully adjusted weight-belt. It was gospel that ditching the belt would generate enough buoyancy (from the wet-suit) to bring an unconscious diver to the surface - which meant adjusting the mass for the expected maximum depth. Of course, below 30m/100ft or so, all bets were off...
    Nonetheless, I'm still surprised that other divers/instructors are surprised when my weight belt is the last thing I put around my waist...
     

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