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Gear checkup before a dive - secret checks

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Sbiriguda, Sep 30, 2019.

  1. NothingClever

    NothingClever Nassau Grouper

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    Concur on no secret checks. I think the ease with which you go about things contributes to your reputation as a seasoned and reliable dive buddy and/or your duties as a role model if instructing.

    I do thorough checks of all my kit but still periodically start walking towards the water without my fins. I suppose that’s a disadvantage of having predominately black kit...it sorta all blends in together. I would normally feel sheepish about my occasional boneheaded lapses but nearly all the experienced folks with whom I dive (many with 1000s of dives) have done the same.
     
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  2. NothingClever

    NothingClever Nassau Grouper

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    The Philippinos I dive with say “Breakfast With Rice And Fish” to make the mnemonic stick.
     
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  3. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    Most of my gear gets packed into a rubber-made bin for the haul to the local dive sites, my BP/W is the last thing to be put in the car so nothing gets stowed on top of the wing, this coupled with my ever growing senility has led, on a couple of occasions, that I started driving to the dive site only to have to return home because I left my BP/W hanging on the rack in the garage.

    o_O

    -Z
     
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  4. Sbiriguda

    Sbiriguda Manta Ray

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    LOL
     
  5. Satrekker

    Satrekker Nassau Grouper

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    I'm OCD, predominantly solo diver, so I focus on my equipment. When I get ready and go through my routine, I am focused and don't engage in idle conversation with others. I check gear when it is first put together and after donning, I do a GUE type head to toe double check. I don't like other people touching my equipment, and while I know dive operators want to be helpful, it's really irksome when somebody else puts their hands on my cylinder valve to check my air.
     
  6. divad

    divad Solo Diver

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    o_O

    -Z[/QUOTE]
    I hate that...
     
  7. Zef

    Zef Divemaster

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    I hate that...[/QUOTE]

    What do you hate...the emoticon or forgetting to pack your bp/w?

    -Z
     
  8. divad

    divad Solo Diver

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    What do you hate...the emoticon or forgetting to pack your bp/w?

    -Z[/QUOTE]
    Yes, now that you mention it, but I was actually too lazy to put the accidently erased quotation back.
     
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  9. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

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    A bit outside the personal parameters everyone has mentioned............
    Since we primarily boat dive, I check every tank for a bungie strap just as we are leaving the dock. On 85% of boat trips I take, there is usually atleast one tank not bungied in or the bungie is under the reg/valve. I just do it because when the gear takes a 'header' to the floor, it almost always snaps a hose or other problem. Then the finger pointing starts. It's usually a delay or return to the dock for swap and it can add another hour later that we get back to the dock.
    It takes 2 seconds to look up and down the bench lines to see a bungie, but it happens all the time.
     
  10. GM Cole

    GM Cole Angel Fish

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    I always take a couple of test breaths from of my octo while submerged during descent. Test breaths on the boat or shore are not good enough. A holed or mis-seated second stage diaphragm can appear to breathe normally out of the water but then deliver a mouth full of water when submerged. My son and I discovered this when we were using some rental equipment. The octo appeared to breathe just fine during the usual surface check but my son just decided to take a test-breath from the octo underwater on a whim... no one was OOA thank goodness. Since then, an octo breath or two while submerged early during the descent is on my my family's checklist.
     
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