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Mini Season Toll

Discussion in 'Florida' started by DennisS, Jul 29, 2009.

  1. Sh@rkW@tcher

    Sh@rkW@tcher supreme yak diver in charge

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Punta Gorda,FL
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    It is great that you and your dive duddies had a safe and successful time. It is a shame that not all of the mini season divers behaved in a safe and sane manner. Some will have sworn off mini season due to all the craziness, some learned lessons that they will carry for a lifetime making them better divers and some won't have an opportunity to use the lessons learned. Now that it's over, maybe it's now safe to go back in the water for those of us that live here and dive 200 days a year.
     
  2. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Inland Empire, California
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    I went out both days and I had a BLAST!!!! 14 keepers for both days. I do it every year. For the naysayers, stay home and let us have our fun. And yes, it is fun. Hey, diving is expensive whether you do, or do not catch bugs but it is FUN.

    Besides, if I hadn't gone diving for lobsters this week, I never would have gotten to dive with a MANTA RAY. Off Boca Raton, I was in 60 feet of water and he was hovering at 30 feet. I went up to his level and he stayed with me forever.
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  3. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Canonsburg, Pa
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    Thinning the herd?:D
     
  4. LowVizWiz

    LowVizWiz Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: South FL but way too far from shore...
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    Great, when is he cook out and what shall I bring besides my appetite? :D
     
  5. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Inland Empire, California
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    What people don't realize is that the act of diving on mini-season is no different from diving any other time. IF you are an experienced diver who dives frequently, that is.

    Too many people dive once a year only, on mini-season. They just aren't comfortable underwater and don't know how to use their gear if they have an emergency. Or, they are totally unfit and out of shape...the diving isn't really what kills them, it's the heart attack from the extra stress.

    For those of us who dive frequently and stay in shape, it is no more or less dangerous than another similar day of diving. There is nothing about a date on the calendar that suddenly makes it more deadly.
     
  6. DebbyDiver

    DebbyDiver Livin' the dream ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Inland Empire, California
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    The cookout was tonight...if you were a KAYUBA member you would have been there! :cool2:
     
  7. JRScuba

    JRScuba Contributor

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    There is an old saying: I can teach you, but that does not mean you will learn:wink:
     
  8. Orlando Eric

    Orlando Eric Instructor, Scuba

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    I agree with what is said here. Unfortunately the people who need to read this are not reading it. The people who need to refresh their skills are the unconcious Incompetent. They do not know what they do not know.

    A major push for a Lobster Training refresher might bring them in but I doubt it. Some pool time with a lobster snare and a few fake critters might help. It would be a refresher disquised as a lobster tips class.. just a thought.
     
  9. HowardE

    HowardE Diver Staff Member

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida
    19,203
    1,437
    Except that many of the boaters are also inexperienced, and people who are piloting the boats may not be practiced in that as well.

    Often times, many of the accidents are boaters running over their own passengers.

    A lot of these boats are running closer to shore than usual; visiting the shallower reefs, that many people shore dive to; instead of taking a boat.

    Also - Mini-season includes a large number of freedivers.

    Add all of this together, and this is the recipe for disaster.
     
  10. NoVaScuba

    NoVaScuba Contributor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Northern Virginia
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    I wonder how many of these incidents involve alcohol. With the party atmosphere a couple of beers in the diver and/or boater can really up the odds of an accident.
     

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