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Duck dive descent?

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by northernone, Oct 3, 2018.

  1. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace

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    Messed up my knee and have been dry 3 weeks now. Reviewing photos of the summer I noticed I'm sometimes fins up when descending at the start of a dive. (solo diving, not training.)

    Pretty much classic free diving descent style. Fold at the waist, fins high and legs extended. Head first descent.

    Advantages off hand:
    Gets me down rapidly, facing where I'm going with hands protecting head and avoids issues of burping trapped air.

    Anyone else using this skin diving technique on scuba gear? Not suggesting it's superior, just realized it has been forever since I've seen another diver prefer it.

    (Yes, I also do the "proper" descents... particularly if there's a student or buddy to keep an eye on.)

    Am I alone?
    Cameron
     
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  2. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have always used the duck or jackknife dive except for commercial dives where fins were not used
     
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  3. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    yep! With minimal weight on me, trapped air in my wet suit makes it sometimes tough to get off the surface. At the end of the dive (500 psi), I am basically neutral, and just easily ascend, and hold a stop if necessary.

    YMMV
     
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  4. boat sju

    boat sju Loggerhead Turtle

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    You mean kick your legs up in the air when on the surface to drive you down? I do it sometimes, but I did it more when I was diving a 7mm farmer john and jacket.
     
  5. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

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    Superman to the bottom, skydive or fall out the window backwards all depends on the mood, conditions and who you're with....

    Safely of course, by all means otherwise you can't do it again....
     
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  6. rabe

    rabe Barracuda

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    I like a gentle fall, leaf style: I found it so relaxing.
    ...but I see your point.
     
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  7. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    works best in conjunction with "hot drop" concepts....
     
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  8. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

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    I like to do a modified duck dive, lifting one leg to gently drive me under.
     
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  9. sea_otter

    sea_otter DIR Practitioner

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    Not a fan. I probably won't complain unless I think the potential for separation is high, but I find it annoying to chase a buddy to the bottom of the ocean.
     
  10. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    I always thought the duck dive was the proper decent. My feet fins first dives are done because they are required in training, or what I'm doing in the water requires that position.


    Bob
     
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