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Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by northernone, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

    I very much appreciate people mentioning that I don't have my fins or mask or weights just before I backflip off the boat. I also appreciate them asking me if I have checked if my air is on. I don't want them setting up my gear and try to politely make that known. I don't want them touching my valve.
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  2. Scared Silly

    Scared Silly Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: on the path to perdition
    First thing I do when I get to a dive site is pee on my gear. It marks my spot and at that point no one comes near. Solves lots of problems ... of course live-a-board staff do tend to steer clear too.
  3. caruso

    caruso Banned

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Long Island, NY
    Don't hand your mask up while you're in the water. Things can happen and you might need it. It's easy enough to drop it around your neck or put it on your forehead after you climb the ladder and that way it doesn't get misplaced or damaged.

    I have no clue what you're talking about here.

    Adjust your own fins.
  4. Rooster59

    Rooster59 Solo Diver

    If you talk to an imaginary friend while you set up your gear, no one will bug you with offers of help.
  5. BRT

    BRT Giant Squid

    Or just argue with yourself about correct setup?
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  6. Matt England

    Matt England Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Edmonton, KY
  7. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Some mentioned not needing help & self sufficiency. I fit that mold, though I do appreciate boat crew's assistance on a moving boat.
    I dive solo like 95% of the time and have my routines. When I was assisting with OW courses I always brought my own van and geared up on the trunk, somewhat away from the class. Reason being--Though I've done it more the 700 times, I don't like conversing with someone while gearing up. I actually may forget one little step. I get side tracked talking about some dive story with a buddy. After I'm geared up I can talk a blue streak.
    I always throw this one in when I can--- I was buddying years ago with a father/daughter team I met at the site in FL. The daughter couldn't figure out why the reg didn't work. She had it on BACKWARDS--that is, the 1st stage wasn't seated in the tank valve, it was on the back of the tank valve. Amazingly, an instructor said he had seen THAT before.
  8. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Currently: Cozumel, from Canada
    Edited for clarity, thanks. Looks like I left some key words out.

    About that talking to myself, it's gotten me out of some dangerous situations.

    @Akimbo the wet glove donning tip would help many. I've not stumbled across a graceful method yet myself.
  9. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I try to be very specific on what help I need, when helping I'm more careful than I am for myself.

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  10. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    That "talking to yourself" while gearing up may be a good point. My wife says I do it a lot anyway.

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