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Dive knife for solo diving at CocoView?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Coral Diver, Oct 11, 2020.

  1. Coral Diver

    Coral Diver Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston, TX
    Hi, I am going to CocoView in Roatan for Thanksgiving week and plan on doing a lot of solo diving.

    I mostly do underwater photography so solo diving will work well for my style I'll have a 20 cu ft pony as my backup air.

    My question is whether I should get a dive knife and/or shears also.
  2. Scubagolf

    Scubagolf ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Sacramento, California, USA
    Shears first sure. I personally see no need for a knife. Mine hasn’t gotten out of the closet in 10 years.
  3. Boston Breakwater

    Boston Breakwater "Outlaw." Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Brunswick, Georgia.
    Hello. Just wondering....why you're not diving with a knife already?
    Especially, "Solo Diving."
    I dove in New England solo for many years. I rescued a diver once tangled up in 40 lb test fishing line. I don't care how strong you are....your not breaking that with your hands. (Try it sometime.)
    I kept EMT shears on my B.C.D. harness facing downward, and (2) knifes.
    Redundancy should apply to cutting tools as well. (My opinion.)
    I recommend (2) knifes positioned on your body that you can reach with either hand. They don't have to be big, and expensive. H1 steel is fairly popular these days. I actually carried a paring knife for a while.
  4. Boston Breakwater

    Boston Breakwater "Outlaw." Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Brunswick, Georgia.
    Hello. Really.........?
  5. tarponchik

    tarponchik Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
    How did you carry your paring knife?
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  6. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    I use 1 EMT shears, trilobite knife and a small dive knife with serrated edge at least (I may bring a Mini FogCutter Knife too).
    FezUSA, OTF, Snoweman and 2 others like this.
  7. ofg-1

    ofg-1 Course Director

    If you don't have a big knife, how will you fight off all the sharks?
    StefinSB, gbf, Doc and 2 others like this.
  8. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    The go-to reason for CCV is the macro critters. By their nature, they cluster in the upper 5o’ of the water column. I’ve done likely 2,ooo dives there and my avg depth is 29’ with a BT that runs around 1:20.

    If you run out of air, I suppose you could stand up.

    In all of those lifetime recreational dives, there nor anywhere else, have I needed to hack my way out of a situation. When I’ve needed a blade while recreational diving, I’ve used the tiny 1,25” Victorinox Alox MiniChamp hung on my neck.

    I too find it curious that as a self-identifying solo diver, you’re puzzling over a cutting tool. I advocate gearing up for the task at hand, for the specific environment. CCV would be one of the very few places where a Spare Air would actually suffice for whatever.

    Shears are always simple and easy. A pony tank is a rarely seen widget at CCV, and that should be no bar to you diving with one, but now you’re going to get to drag that with you uncorked in your luggage. I know they have 63’s, ask them if they have 30’s. Better than schlepping a cylinder. Bring school supplies for the kids, instead.... or, what with your profession, how about medical supplies? CCV is a clearinghouse for such donations.

    My basement looks like an LDS. Backplates, BCDs, wings, cannisters, stuff. When we go to CCV, we just rent our gear from their Dockside Dive Center, it’s that good.

    Call me a risk taker, but at CCV, I bring no SMB, carry no 2nd mask, and may PADI forgive me- no snorkel. CCV is essentially a 84 degree pool.

    I solo night dive there a lot. Again a guess, but likely 300 of them at 1.3hrs each.

    If your profile dive count is correct, you would do very well to stick like glue to your DM for the two guided dives each day. Unless you have early magical abilities, they will show you more little treasures than you could ever find on your own. You’ll have two unguided boat dives and as many shore dives and night dives to go off on your own. I’ve always had much better results shooting macro/micro while with one or more other sets of eyes.

    Click on the u/w micro link in my sig line. A lot of that is CCV.

    Regulator failures? I’ve had three iirc (one at CCV), but what with regs designed to go fail-safe to “open flow”...the air is just up there above you a few feet. Not a big thing for a skilled diver.

    If you run out of air? Again, at CCV, you should be in 5fsw, poking about in the shallows at the end of your dive.

    Sorry that I wandered a bit, but I’m known to do that. CocoView is going to present you with a very simple dive environment, not many challenges, but a lot of opportunities.

    Have at it: 6031AB20-2CC7-4792-A5B3-3DB573ACE32D.jpeg
  9. jwcfbd

    jwcfbd Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Southern Maine
    I've never considered diving with shears but I'll never dive without something that cuts. I keep this as a reminder to cut a snag instead of trying to pull free. While diving in a lake I felt my leg get hung up. I tried to pull it free and that is when I saw some fishing line. I pulled my knife, cut the line and continued on my way. It wasn't until I surfaced that I found this rusted hook embedded in my fin.

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  10. Boston Breakwater

    Boston Breakwater "Outlaw." Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Brunswick, Georgia.
    Hello. I used a travel toothbrush case, with small lead shot fishing weight super glued in both ends of the plastic case.
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