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Is there a current Sheck Exley?

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by KidK9, Jun 5, 2004.

  1. boomx5

    boomx5 DIR Practitioner

    A question was asked and he answered it in his own opinion. Regardless if he's right or wrong you shouldn't flame him like that.
  2. glbirch

    glbirch Solo Diver

  3. Jmaserati

    Jmaserati Nassau Grouper

  4. MikeFerrara

    MikeFerrara Instructor, Scuba

    I'm with Curt. The answer is no.

    There are lots of good (even great) divers. I'm lucky enough to know some of em and some of them knew Sheck Exley. I think most would agree that It's not the same. He was the first to do a lot of what he did and he was driven. There's no doubt about that. I'm told that he was also friendly and helpful. They still name things after him. besides what he did in the water people liked him.
  5. Duncan Price

    Duncan Price Solo Diver

    I would guess not in the same context. You'd have to be in at the start to make similar contributions. In present times, with a wider field it would be difficult to stand head and shoulders above the rest in the same fashion.

    However I can think of others in the European sphere who have made (and continue to make) enormous contributions to cave diving but no one individual who equates as an all-rounder in the same fashion. Time will tell if we eulogise them in the ame way.

  6. O-ring

    O-ring Beyond the Pale ScubaBoard Supporter

    I agree with Duncan, Mike, and Curt....no way. All you have to do is read "Caverns" and you will be astounded at all the trial and error and other risky stuff Sheck, Court, Lewis, DeLoach, etc. and their buddies went through to pave the way for all of us today.
  7. Norm

    Norm Barracuda

    In my opinion - no. Sheck was kind, low-key, low-profile, modest, and quiet. He listened to people and was likeable. He was way ahead of his time, as are many folks in other fields that pass on before their time. I do not think that there is, or shall ever be another Sheck Exley.
  8. Jaak Bezuidenhout

    Jaak Bezuidenhout Garibaldi

    # of Dives:
    Location: South Africa
    What I've noticed through out the past couple of years is that most 'serious' divers nowadays are weekend warriors. Guys with high paying 9 - 5 jobs that only dive once or twice a month if so often...
    They are the majority of CCR owners and 'technical' divers. In their heads each of them are Sheck Exley because they've read a couple of books and seen things on TV but most of them end up fading out of diving a couple of years down the line. The problem with these guys is they think they are the best of the best because they have a couple of hundred dives and all the latest, most expensive dive equipment. Out of this group there are the select few that classify themselves as explorers. To them being a technical diver is all about ego and pushing the boundaries and beating some record that a true explorer set long ago not for a clame to fame... The technical divers of today move too fast through their training and end up doing dives they are not ready for.

    Even though there ARE divers out there that truly push the boundaries of underwater exploration nowadays being a technical diver is not about 'giving diving your all' and exploration but how much money you have to fund your hobby.

    In SA when a tech diver drives up to the dive site he doesn't drive an old pickup with dive stickers, he drives the newest BMW/mercedes and can't decide which of his 3 rebreathers he's going to dive to 10m today...
  9. BB1

    BB1 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Brisvegas, Australia
    First post on SB and you resurrect a 7 year old dead thread - way to go!

    How about introducing yourself over on Introductions and greets first off??
  10. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
    This is a pretty decent article. No one really knows what happened for sure. IUCRR - Accident Analysis . Scroll down the left column to the article titled, "Eulogy for an Explorer".

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