Two dead, one prop struck - First Day Lobster Mini Season, Florida

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Wookie

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knew of people in Florida that claimed to dive for lobster each year and said they never took a class. I would just shake my head and say that’s a very bad idea.
The number of homemade cert cards that were either downloaded from Amazon or just photocopied from someone else’s c-card presented for air fills at one of the Key West dive shops was epic.
 

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Diving is probably one of the very few activities that’s not government regulated, where the majority of participants willingly agree to pay 2-3 privately owned corporations for training where it’s not in fact required. As a matter of fact, I can’t think of another one.
Skydiving.
 

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Skydiving.

Presumably you'd have to own a plane or have a friend with a plane willing to strap you to a parachute and throw you out the door :)

Never tried skydiving, but from the ones that did I gather the operators have you go through a few hours of safety course before letting you jump. Places that start with solo jumps, not tandems, have you jump off of a parked plane etc.
 

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I’ll never understand the insanity over a few bugs. The vast majority are safe divers. It’s the small minority who cause the problems. Personally, I don’t even eat the things so that may be why I don’t get it. I stay out of the water entirely during mini season. I’ll gladly let others fill the boats these 2 days a year.
We dont fish/lobster ever but usually go diving during mini season
The last few times I dove Molasses I was the only boat there!
No take zones are usually pretty empty
 

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If I'm going to dive during mini-season, I'm going to do something safe like go cave diving solo on a rebreather with no bailout, and faulty O2 cells.
 

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If I'm going to dive during mini-season, I'm going to do something safe like go cave diving on a rebreather with no bailout, and faulty O2 cells.

..... and solo
 

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Add to my post checked out the marina and boating channel
Forget it, goin out mañana
 

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The propeller injury looks like a dive flag law violation by the boaters?
 

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Inquiring minds want to know.

Was the leg hacking propeller on a charter or private boat?

I've never experienced Lobster Mini Season (and probably never will) but I would like to hear more about the madness.

TIA
 

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Inquiring minds want to know.

Was the leg hacking propeller on a charter or private boat?

I've never experienced Lobster Mini Season (and probably never will) but I would like to hear more about the madness.

TIA
I believe private.
 
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