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Keep your fins!

Discussion in 'Near Misses & Lessons Learned' started by Mouth Breather, Apr 17, 2017.

  1. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Huntington Beach, CA
    I have very limited experience but the 4 dives I have done here on a boat all required you to approach the ladder, grab hold and take off one fin and hand it to the DM, then remove the second, hand it up and climb the ladder.

    I would prefer to take them off and wrap them on my wrist or clip them off on a D-ring so if I do fall I have the to put back on but I will do as the DM and Captain ask me to do. That is unless I feel that what they are asking is 100% unsafe and then I would have a discussion about that with them.
  2. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Ras Al Khaimah, UAE
    There are Pro's and con's with all ladder types, although personally I've seen more people slip and fall off the fin ladders than the normal type.

    Here generally we don't have fin ladders, it's SOP to hand your fins up then ascend the ladder. If the sea's are rough then we generally put our knees on the first rung to remove our fins. Our ladders are on the side of the boat rather the transom and we have hang lines along the sides or the boat.

    No matter how much you tell (or shout) at divers they often (especially in rough sea's) crowd the ladder. Unfortunately I've seen a diver take a tank on the head after the guy on the ladder slipped. It wasn't pretty although could have been much worse, it did mean an overnight hospital stay and the loss of the remainder of his holiday
  3. archer1960

    archer1960 Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Southern New England, USA
    So you're a naked mole rat? That's cool; I didn't know they had internet access! People, on the other hand...
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  4. tarponchik

    tarponchik Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: USA
    Right. Breathing Nitrox for an extra minute while on the surface will help you, of course.
  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    Jupiter Dive Center has Christmas tree ladders you can ascend with your fins on both of their boats.
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  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    In heavy seas, I always exit with my fins around my wrists
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  7. lv2dive

    lv2dive Formerly known as KatePNAtl

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Lake City, FL
    This is what I've been doing for at least the last five or so years, and I haven't had any issues with any boat captains in FL or NC.

    I used to climb up ladders with fins over my wrist but then a few things happened:
    • I got older
    • My bum knee got worse
    • My gear got heavier (moving from rec to tech)
    I started handing my fins up once I had a good grip on the ladder. Maybe I'd be fine looping them over with my wrist with a single tank on my back, but if I have anything heavier I want to be able to focus completely on grabbing the ladder and not misstepping.

  8. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Sorry I thought you meant my diving nitrox period. True that extra bit probably doesn't add much overall but its part of many steps I take to maximize my safety margin.
  9. DanMont

    DanMont Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: United Kingdom
    Interesting discussion. Personally I have never dived off a boat (other than a RHIB or tender) that didn't have a ladder you could climb with fins. Another feature that is not uncommon on British dive boats is a divers lift, I was wondering if there is anywhere else in the world where these are found?
  10. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    Apparently there are no USCG approved diver lifts. Or so I understand.

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