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View Poll Results: Is Scuba Diving Dangerous
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YES if you and your buddy are only OW certified
NO if you never ever DIVE alone in ANY body of water
YES, regardless of your training level anything can happen down there
NO, if you & your buddy are at least PADI Rescue Diver certified
YES, unless you buy a PONY BOTTLE or SPARE AIR
NO, if you know your limit and respect it. you can even dive alone
YES, Pro divers with many years of experience still die due to unforseen circumstances
NO, if dont go into Technical Diving or overhead envirnoment
YES, if you depend too much on AI computer
NO, if you just use the plastic table and a bottom timer
Diving is like driving. If no one told and forgot to teach a driver that a car skids on snow and ice, driving can be deadly. As for the rescue course part, divers whod did not take a rescue course should not pretend to be buddies.
I feel safer (more in control) underwater than I do on the highway in my car. Everything we do must be evaluated on a risk/reward basis. After giving the entire subject careful consideration I have come the the conclusion that no matter what I do or how safe I am and no matter how many risks I avoid I am doomed. Someday, somehow someplace I am going to die. Therefore, my goal is to maximize the fun vs time curve.
I could explain it but it wouldn't help. People are comfortable with what they know. I don't know if they really believe that driving is safer or if they are just used to it and comfortable with it.
We have the same thing within diving between different types of diving. I know divers who will enter a wreck in the open ocean but think cave diving is dangerous (HA!). It just depends on what your used to.
MikeFerrara once bubbled... I feel safer (more in control) underwater than I do on the highway in my car. . . . Someday, somehow someplace I am going to die. Therefore, my goal is to maximize the fun vs time curve.
Amen to all of that. After engaging in the safety conscious sport of diving it's almost culture shock to enter an highway and join the malestrom of the me-first, anti-buddy culture. None of us live forever but safety conscious diving isn't as dangerous as driving on a highway or through a bad neighborhood. And for many of us, it's more fun that just about anything we can imagine (I said just about, not everything).