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10,000+ dives

Discussion in 'Suggestions' started by northernone, Jun 15, 2017.

  1. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Currently: Cozumel, from Canada
    3,793
    3,394
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    Minor suggestion.

    My own curiosity has me wondering which users have significantly more than the 5,000+ maximum dive count. Wondering if people would use an updated upper limit?

    Noticed the 'I don't log dives' is also popular with the heavily experienced. Perhaps along the lines of the 'scuba legend' designation in a lesser way I`d love the idea of recognizing at a glance those who have dedicated such a significant part of their life to getting underwater.

    That's the idea.
    Cameron
     
  2. Trace Malinowski

    Trace Malinowski Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Alexandria Bay, NY
    2,325
    2,500
    113
    The cost of an SSI Platinum Pro 5000 Award is less than another 41 logbooks. Stick a trident in me. I'm done. :D

    I wondered that too. Why stop at 5000 on the dive count? Because of the SSI award? Because it seemed like a good number?

    Maybe for those who have received official awards there would be something like "SSI Platinum Pro 5000" in place of the number of dives the member selects?
     
  3. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    12,457
    11,226
    113
    Do quarry dives count? :gas:

    :rofl3:
     
  4. txgoose

    txgoose Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Houston
    700
    599
    93
    Ah, crud. I needed that this AM. :)
     
  5. cerich

    cerich ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Georgia
    6,585
    3,355
    113
    I've met quite a few industry folks that claim more than 10k dives. Most of them lie.

    math is a funny thing.
     
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  6. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    55,914
    23,286
    113
    Lie or exaggerate? If I told you once, I told you a bazillion times: DON'T EXAGGERATE!
     
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  7. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    15,735
    7,067
    113
    it's also super interesting to watch my dive count decelerate as my dive time increases significantly. My last 4 hour cave dive counts the same as a 30 minute quarry dive. No way I'll ever get to 10k dives with my average dive time being 2 hours.
     
  8. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    55,914
    23,286
    113
    Yeah, I'm seeing the Abe Davis Award get further and further away as I only do one 3 hour dive a day when I'm up in Cave Country.
     
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  9. Trace Malinowski

    Trace Malinowski Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Alexandria Bay, NY
    2,325
    2,500
    113
    I'm sure that any dive count will also move to include hours for most awards due to widespread use of rebreathers in the future. The point of cave awards is to portray the safety of the sport. I usually do 3 dives a day when in cave country. Morning, afternoon, and a night dive. In the islands, I usually do 2 morning and 2 afternoon boat dives. Clearly, the "risk" of diving is similar between OC counts and rebreather hours. OC means more ascents. CCR means more system management. Exposure to the environment is similar.

    Or, we just need to make the NACD is fully functional again. They had a clue: :D

    Bronze Wakulla Award - 100 or more hours of bottom time in the cave zone or 100 or more safe cave dives.

    Silver Wakulla Award - 500 or more hours of bottom time in the cave zone or 500 or more safe cave dives.

    Gold Wakulla Award - 1000 or more hours of bottom time in the cave zone or 1000 or more safe
    cave dives.

    On another note, I was talked into applying for awards. I assumed they were only a personal accomplishment, but then it was explained to me that what seemed like a small step for man was a giant leap toward proof of concept that diving was safe for all mankind.
     
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  10. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Does it matter much once you get past the 1-3K range? There have been threads before relating to "experience" stats. It is a challenge finding one or two lines in a profile that tells readers "listen to this diver" or "maybe not so much".

    It takes a long time to rack up 5K dives dives even if you make your living underwater. Figure 250 diving days a year and 4 dives/day. A 1000 dives a year doesn't take long but that is a pretty grueling schedule and dictates shallow and benign conditions.

    Guides on a liveaboard often only make two dives a day. I guess dive instructors at tropical resorts can rack up a lot of dives per day if they count every time they pop their heads out of the water to talk. I "think" that most dive computers use a "five minute" rule between Scuba dives. Then there are freediving spear fisherman who could exceed 50 dives a day.

    Commercial divers working deep air can only do 1-2 dives a day due to table constraints. You can argue a lockout from the bell in saturation counts as "a dive" even though the convention that I experienced is seal-to-seal, typically one dive lasting 14-40 days. Shallow jobs can get you in and out of the water frequently between heavy lifts, waiting for decisions, moving along a pier, etcetera but that rarely adds up to more than 8-12/day. Same with urchin or aquaculture divers. The convention I saw most frequently was counting a "new dive" when you take your hat off, but dive supervisors usually don't bother logging them on wharf and dock jobs since tracking time and depth isn't an issue for decompression or pay.
     
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