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Free diving, tank sharing fatality - Australia

Discussion in 'Accidents and Incidents' started by DandyDon, Jun 14, 2019.

  1. Dan

    Dan Orca

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  2. Wingy

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    I've refrained from posting for a while on this thread. I was out with the hammerheads a couple of days before this young man passed away and saw him and his mates having a fantastic time. RIP. SWBO seems possible. In no other source have I read he was sharing her air, diving with a friend on scuba yes, sharing air no. I will wait for the coroners report before speculating but I do want to address the pretty informal free diving culture here in W.A

    We're water babies, we have compulsory swimming lessons from 5'yo,but most kids can swim well before that. We are legally not allowed to spearfish on scuba so breath holding after ducking down to snare a crayfish is pretty close to free diving isn't it? We have a lot of surfers, they're not fans of sharks but will often cruise around with dolphins holding their breath...and call it free diving with dolphins. AFAIK none of the free diving spearo's I've met has ever taken a free diving course here. I've done a basic one in Thailand. I don't know a lot of spearo's but had a great time playing with seals and asked about static apnea, none knew what I meant, but all seemed to have a good knowledge of lung injuries. Not saying it's right, just how a lot of free divers here are, taught by an older brother or uncle - however, again, this is not in any way a speculation on this death. Just a cultural thing I've noticed.
     
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  3. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

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    Just a quick look at his gear from my opinion is that he was a not highly experienced /trained free diver. No low profile mask, poorly designed snorkel. Also his exposure protection seems a bit lacking for Rockingham in late Autumn.
     
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  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

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    It's freediving alright, not the record setting type, but just a dangerous if one screws up.


    Bob
     
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  5. Wingy

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    I had my 5mm on and IIRC the weather was pretty much the same on the day of the accident.
     
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  6. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    His looked like a Lycra or < 1mm wetsuit.

    How do you freedive with 5mm? Do you put on a dive weight on belt? I'll be bobbing like a cork without dive weight when wearing 5mm wetsuit.
     
  7. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

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    Yep you use a weight belt, just enough to compensate for the buoyancy of you & your suit but not that much that staying on the surface is a great effort.
     
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  8. Wingy

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    I wasn't free diving at all - I was staying on the surface. When I do free dive I use weight and am generally in a 3mm. I was also Swimming too not snorkelling because that is the one bit of scuba gear I am useless at using and dislike greatly.

    The reason I and very few others were on scuba was appeals from dive clubs and fisheries dept to interact with them on snorkel not scuba and not mob them so they hung around for a while.

    5mm cos I don't like water under 26 and my 3mm has two big bum baring holes and Rockingham is not the most secluded spot.
     
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  10. tommy tiger

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    Yes! i've heard that a scuba diver was working & died from embolism caused when a large wave passed over and reduced pressure of the trough caused it. I myself free diving when scuba diver offered air I stupidly took it when i surfaced my lungs told me they didn't like it scared me! Do Not mix Scuba and free diving
     

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