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Most frightening moments

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Diver0001, Nov 28, 2017.

  1. RayfromTX

    RayfromTX Student Of Gas Mixology Staff Member ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel while the cruise ships are gone
    He felt much better moments later.
  2. KatieMac

    KatieMac Photographer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Small town Ontario, Canada
    I have done one of these since that time.

    Last year while in Roatan at the end of the trip and covid starting, the dive shops were getting conflicting information. They're open. They're closed. They're open. They're closed. We had missed the 2pm afternoon dive by the time the "you can open" order came in. So 4ish in the afternoon, the DI said "let's go before they change their mind again".

    This was amazing - seeing different things on the reef that I didn't ever see during the early morning or mid afternoon dives. The night creatures were just starting to wake up.

    I would love it if they added this time of day as a standard dive.
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  3. Belzelbub

    Belzelbub Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, Florida
    Yes, they do. Apart from swimming in pools, or at a calm beach where the depth is shallow enough to stand, fins should be worn.

    A couple years ago, we were down in the Keys with some friends. We were at Looe Key with 4 boats. We used two mooring buoys, with the second boat tied to the first. I’m with my kids and friends on their boat, and we notice someone behind the other two boats. We watch him for a bit and decide he probably needs help, as he did not appear to be making any progress one way or another.

    So my buddy and I swim back to our boats to assess. His boat is tied up to mine, so we board our boat and ask if the guy needs help. He doesn’t decline, and was clearly struggling, so I swam a line out to him, and we bring him to the boat. He takes a bit to rest at the transom, then comes aboard. Guy in his mid 70’s, no fins, and a good distance from the boat he arrived on. My buddy then takes him back to his family. They had no clue he was missing.
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  4. KatieMac

    KatieMac Photographer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Small town Ontario, Canada
    Why fins (good fins) are necessary
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  5. Kimela

    Kimela Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Missouri
    OMG! My heart was racing as I watched that vortex incident. I haven't used split fins in a long time - and unless I'm diving a nice, warm, blue lake (do those exist?) I won't. Yikes. Mother nature is challenging.
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  6. OTF

    OTF Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: same ocean as you
    My most frightening scuba moment actually happened topside, right here on scubaboard, when someone showed me how to access the pub.
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  7. CT-Rich

    CT-Rich Solo Diver

    Watching the dive guide tumble off into the distance must have been a real confidence booster.
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  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    WeRtheOcean-- Re "Fins do matter". I've beaten a dead horse over the years pointing out the difference between swimming with & without them. And the related threads/posts on OW & DM course "swim" tests and what they really mean. One point being how much easier the OW 300 meter swim with mask/FINS/snorkel is (all you do is kick...) compared to the swimming skills needed to do the 200 meter regular swim properly. And why these two situations can't even be compared.
  9. alex_can_dive

    alex_can_dive Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Massachusetts
    My personal most frightening moment thus far was the first time I jumped off the boat into the ocean for my first OW training.

    Unlike in the pool, in the ocean I couldn't see the bottom - it was darker and murkier. It felt like you were being swallowed into the void. I kept hovering at the surface while the rest of the group already descended. I remember questioning my decision to take the diving course, considering in my head how much I could get in refunds if I just got out then and returned all the equipments:shakehead:.

    Then before I could finish my maths, my instructor pulled my legs to drag me down and I was too busy getting angry at him and doing my expletive handsignals to him that I forgot the panic:bicker:

    Shortly, I got over the fear :yeahbaby:
  10. Neilwood

    Neilwood Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Scotland
    First OW dives can be scary and being nervous is a good thing most of the time (it shows you respect the situation of learning a new skill).

    Your instructor, quite frankly, is an idiot and dangerous to an extent. What he did could have lead to a panic attack with an unsuspecting diver. You could easily have spat your reg out, made an uncontrolled ascent or kicked out - none of which have a happy ending when underwater.

    Better to have a short conversation with you about your fears on the surface and cajole you into diving than force you under and risk the potential outcome.

    There is an few sayings that a lot of experienced divers live by
    1) better to be on the surface and wishing you were underwater than underwater wishing you were on the surface. He effectively forced you into the second category and it could have had serious consequences that put you both (as well as other divers in the group) at serious risk.

    2) any dive can be called at any time for any reason - if you don't "feel" it for whatever reason, call the dive - (this includes before you hit the water or at any point before the planned end). Diving should be done to make you happy - if not why are you there? Better to have a conversation on the surface about why you called it than trying to macho it out and becoming increasingly stressed.

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