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OK, everyone tell the truth. Do you carry a whistle, SMB safety sausage, or Dive Alert with you on your dives?
I'm amazed at how many people don't. I think this isn't taught enough in the first open water classes.
Who's willing to confess?
Actually, I have a whistle hooked to my BD and I carry a safety sausage in my BC pocket. Thank heavens I have never had to use either one in a real emergency, but at least I have them if the need arises.
Your darned tootin' I carry a whistle and a safety sausage. I've never have had to use one, but I have been on a dive where a diver used the sausage and was found because of it. He got separated and came up about a mile from the boat. Lot's of current off West Palm Beach.
Besides being a good idea, as an instructor I'm required to have an "emergency signaling device". I've only recently started carrying a signal tube with me, but always have had a whistle attached to my BC.
"I will spare you a gushy description of the dive itself, except to say that when you finally see what goes on underwater, you realize that you've been missing the whole point of the ocean. Staying on the surface all the time is like going to the circus and staring at the outside of the tent. "
For the divers that did respond to this post ..Don't you find it interesting that so far, 72 people have viewed it and only 8 responded. Of course the ones that did respond are well trained and do carry these items.
I think we need to get the word out more. Everyone should not go into the open water without one or more of these. I think the 64 divers that did not respond do not carry a safety device.