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Dive Computer Alarms: should we even have them?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba' started by Smit, Dec 5, 2020.

  1. Hoag

    Hoag Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario - Just outside of the GTHA
    1,781
    1,448
    I would think that with a vibration alarm like that OP asked about, you would know if it was yours.
     
  2. doctormike

    doctormike Medical Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    6,830
    6,892
    Or, you could just watch your depth. But I see your point.
     
  3. Hoag

    Hoag Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario - Just outside of the GTHA
    1,781
    1,448
    Most people were watching the Mantas.
     
  4. Hoag

    Hoag Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario - Just outside of the GTHA
    1,781
    1,448
    I PM'd you.
     
  5. doctormike

    doctormike Medical Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    6,830
    6,892
    Can you point to anyone who claimed to be infallible? I know that I'm subject to failure, so that's why I do what I can to minimize risk.

    I would suggest to a new diver that they be very careful in monitoring their depth, time, NDLs and gas reserves. I would tell them to spend a lot of time doing that in the beginning. Over time, this will be come more instinctual and the may have to watch these numbers less, but a big part of becoming a more experienced diver is paying a lot of attention to that stuff in the beginning. And if you do that, you don't need an alarm.

    As far as suggesting to a new diver that they turn off their alarms, I think that you have it backwards. The vast majority of people who have trained as divers over the years haven't had DC alarms. Your question suggests that alarms are a standard part of training and gear for new divers, and that opting out is an active choice. I don't think that is the case.

    And people here actually took the time to try to explain something that might help improve diver safety.
    MOD EDIT: Comments related to the thread prior to the split have been deleted.
     
  6. doctormike

    doctormike Medical Moderator Staff Member

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: New York City
    6,830
    6,892
    And you don't see a problem with that?
     
  7. Hoag

    Hoag Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario - Just outside of the GTHA
    1,781
    1,448
    I never said that I don't see a problem with it. My intention was that it never hurts to have a Plan B or a back-up.
     
  8. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    1,551
    1,560
    Please make this public. Policies like this shouldn't be hidden.

    Who knows, some folks may actually prefer this policy? And then that boat will get the divers it wants (and its competitors will get everyone else).
     
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  9. Smit

    Smit Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Shawnee, Kansas
    244
    333
    Who would have ever thought it would be a good idea to watch your computer and pressure gauge?

    It is certainly my good fortune to stumble onto people who are happy to share this knowledge. :)
     
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  10. Hoag

    Hoag Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: SW Ontario - Just outside of the GTHA
    1,781
    1,448
    I would prefer not to make it public because this trip was several years ago and I don't know if the policy is still in effect and I don't want to possibly misrepresent the current policies.
     

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