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How old are you?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by Stoo, Aug 13, 2011.

What age are you?

  1. Under 20

    6 vote(s)
    2.0%
  2. 20 - 30

    52 vote(s)
    17.0%
  3. 31 - 40

    56 vote(s)
    18.3%
  4. 41 - 50

    67 vote(s)
    21.9%
  5. 51 - 60

    86 vote(s)
    28.1%
  6. 61 - 70

    36 vote(s)
    11.8%
  7. Dusty

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  1. ozzydamo

    ozzydamo Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location:
    540
    72
    28
    Tragic Irony!
    Time catches up with everyone, the respect I am talking about is a compassionate humanitarian one;
    Not a competitive one from people who are really only amateurs and will end up dead, just the same, some other day.
     
  2. sylpha

    sylpha Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    565
    7
    0
    it's not just an age thing, i am just so fed up with people who have not been diving 5 minutes trying to tell me how to do it. the classic one was i taught someone how to run dives & as soon as he got his book signed he started telling me i had it all wrong.
     
  3. bletso

    bletso Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Louisville KY
    290
    98
    28
    In technical diving it's worse. The young bucks with the bucks think they know all five minutes after buying their new toys.

    In contrast some of the older divers I run into may not approach diving like I do, but I can respect that there is no one correct path to nirvana. I certainly know few would dive the way my DB and I do, but the older folk just nod and plod on and the young ones are full of sage advice and firmly advise us of our impending demise.

    Safe Diving,

    Dale
     
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  4. ozzydamo

    ozzydamo Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location:
    540
    72
    28
    Better just enjoy yourself Sylpha, life's too short'
    :cool2:
    I dive almost exclusively with friends or solo, out of our own private boats-some of us are ex-fishermen, now fully evolved!
    :coffee:
    We aren't in clubs, don't worry to much about cert tickets and love diving in shallow coral reefs with heaps of pretty fish to take color vivid photo's of what we love, the fish, the habitat and the skills/luck involved in taking a pretty photos- none of us are Alpha domineering type people, we don't have time for playing childish mind games.
    :crafty:
    I am into it for fun times, not hard times!
    There is lots of good people to share the enjoyment with don't suffer fools with chips on their shoulders- the exile of silence works a treat! Don't call us, we'll call you............
    :eyebrow:
     
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  5. ozzydamo

    ozzydamo Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location:
    540
    72
    28
    Happiness is a mode of transport, not a destination.
    :)
     
  6. captain

    captain Captain

    9,620
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    113

    You lost me at "Dude"
     
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  7. sylpha

    sylpha Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    565
    7
    0
    yeah, i do enjoy myself, diving's hard enough battling the weather without the idiots. we boat owners should stick together:)
     
  8. sylpha

    sylpha Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: England
    565
    7
    0
    even Dude is a foreign language to me:)
     
  9. Eff

    Eff Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NYC area
    157
    21
    18
    Started diving at 21.
    Started solo at 22.
    Currently 23.

    I would say that maybe 20% of my dives are solo.
    I do find it funny when someone freaks out about it. Although up here in the NJ/NY/PA wreck area it is pretty well accepted.
    When solo, I carry multiple isolated, redundant air sources, extra various bits of gear when needed, only dive on familiar sites under certain conditions, carefully plan and limit the profile, etc...
    Had some good training, but no official courses yet. In the future, I guess I'll take one so if I ever go on a live aboard or whatever they don't freak out.

    I had somebody ask me what would happen if I had a heart attack or stroke while solo?
    Well, that sucks. Oh well. Natural selection at work I suppose.
    My worst solo-related fear is getting bad gas (CO, etc). Which is why I only fill at shops I know well and trust, analyze the gas before using it, etc etc etc.
    As for gear, I am obsessive about maintenance and inspections before every use, so I'm not too concerned about that. I carry all the redundancies described above (and more) and practice using it, but I don't worry to the point of distraction.

    When doing anything new, deep, dark, sketchy, deco, or in heavy seas I always take a dive buddy. Sometimes I'm in a team.
    Maybe the hardcore solo divers think of me as a weenie that way, but that's just my comfort level.

    We all manage our risks differently.
     
  10. ozzydamo

    ozzydamo Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location:
    540
    72
    28
    The weather is more predictable I would argue!
    :)
     

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