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I'm with Lynne on this. Too much stuff here to believe. There are some really bad instructors out there but this is beyond belief. I can't imagine any divers nearby let alone an instructor allowing this poster back in the water. I call bs on this.
I was thinking that I didn't want to say what Lynne and Jim have said but it was what I was thinking .
There are one of two things going on here:
1 - For some unknown reason someone has created an elaborate scenario that has no basis in reality
2 - A very bad OW cert session happened over the weekend and the OP's description of it may differ some from what actually happened
After the "rush to the surface like crazy" comment about the CESA I started reading the post sideways... (eg, "where is this going?"). I had a strong sense of "there is no way this is real" when a diver was not immediately sent to hospital asap, given O2 treatment was required for coughing up bloody froth (however it was described) which was further reinforced by the fact the diver got BACK in the water to finish cert dives. However, in all cases, I guess there is always the chance that there could have been misunderstanding about what was going on (why I have option #2 above).
So - my question is back to the OP - if I am not mistaken, all of the agencies are pretty clear about the signs and symptoms of the AGE and Lung Over-expansion Injuries in their training materials. Had you had a chance to review your training materials prior to these dives? If so, can you tell us what made you think it was a good idea to go back in the water immediately after an episode such as you experienced?
Much of the language in the opening post sounds more like story-telling than an incident report, including strategically placed buzz words that would be guaranteed to get a reaction. Could just be a personal style thing, and apologies to OP if this is the case. If this story is actually true, I'm glad you're safe.
"Discretion is the polite word for hypocrisy." Christine Keeler
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Does The SSI skill require an instructor to actually turn off a students air at 30'?
No. I just did a video for an SSI OW class and this is NOT how it happened. A typical CESA is done as described above.
This post literally scares the hell out of me to think instructors like this could exist. I am hoping this is simply a story, if it is not, you seriously need to get medical attention NOW! However, judging by your introduction post, you are legit, it also shows that you are in fact an SSI student to answer Hawkwoods post.