• Welcome to ScubaBoard

  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

50-60m recreational depth?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Ericlt1, Oct 15, 2010.

  1. Ericlt1

    Ericlt1 DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Los Angeles, CA
    My friend insists that on a vacation, an instructor took him down to 50m. He was using an al80. He says the dive was 25 minutes long. The dive tables only go to 39m. What is the deal? Thanks.
  2. Cave Diver

    Cave Diver Divemaster

    50 meters is ~164'. Outside the recreational limit of any agency I know of. A bit ill-advised as well.

    25 minute total dive time maybe. 25 minute bottom time at depth on an AL80, doubtful.

    The instructor may have taken him to that depth, but I wouldn't call it "recreational." Maybe he was doing an advanced class? Deco procedures?
  3. Captain12Pk

    Captain12Pk Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Orange, CA
    50m works out to about 164fsw. Definately well beyond what would be considered recreational. I would consider attempting a dive to this depth on a single al 80 reckless and irresponsible. An Instructor taking someone (presumably not T certified) to this depth, I would consider negligent. But that's just my opinion. I've heard of dumber things, but not by much.
  4. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: On a large pile of smokin' A'a, the most isolated
    Then your friend is either embellishing the truth, or had a dangerous fool for a buddy.
  5. Captain12Pk

    Captain12Pk Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Orange, CA
    With an assumed breathing rate of .5 cfm, he would have consumed about 74.50 cf of gas just during the bottom time. Not to mention the descent time, ascent time and the necessary deco time. Highly unlikely.
  6. Rainer

    Rainer DIR Practitioner

    Sounds like a profile we do often. 25 minutes at 160' on an Al80.

    [Now, we usually switch back to the doubles for the ascent, before settling in for 30 minutes of deco on another bottle...]
  7. Superlyte27

    Superlyte27 Cave Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Florida
  8. tkdgodess

    tkdgodess PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Canada
    He probably just followed the leader (by him saying the instructor TOOK him to 50m - any thinking diver would be able to read thier own gauges...otherwise he would have said "I" dove to 50m) and didn't understand that he was diving to 50'. Sometimes accents, the instructor switching between feet/M in his lingo depending on the crowd he's leading and your friend got confused.
  9. Captain12Pk

    Captain12Pk Divemaster

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Orange, CA
    Now looking at it that way... yeah, that makes sense.
  10. marinediva

    marinediva Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Illawarra.....south of Sydney australia & Balmain
    Think your friend is pulling your leg.
    I would lay money on 50 ft not M.
    Often hear mistakes made by people who talk in imperial talking with others who work in metric.

Share This Page