• Welcome to ScubaBoard

  1. Welcome to ScubaBoard, the world's largest scuba diving community. Registration is not required to read the forums, but we encourage you to join. Joining has its benefits and enables you to participate in the discussions.

    Benefits of registering include

    • Ability to post and comment on topics and discussions.
    • A Free photo gallery to share your dive photos with the world.
    • You can make this box go away

    Joining is quick and easy. Login or Register now by clicking on the button

My AN/DP/Helitrox course

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Marie13, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    6,185
    4,692
    113
    Then just ask if he honestly thinks it deserves to be a checked issue on the form. Allergies are pretty dang common. I can’t imagine they intend for everyone that suffers allergies to list it as a problem on the form and get medical clearance. If your instructor believes it rises to the level needed for a yes and clearance, so be it. Then you wait for the appointment.

    Examples like this are exactly why I dislike that form. Too broad. I know why its that way. They need a large net to try and capture true issues. But the problem is a lot of unnecessary and unintended issues are caught as well.
    And as for not extending the requirments for renewal, even federal government agencies have recognized the special circumstances that have arose from this pandemic and waived some required medical exams short term.

    Edit. I just looked up the form. It asks “have you ever had.” Ridiculous! It’s no wonder there have been heated debates on SB about completing this form.
     
  2. jvogt

    jvogt ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Lakewood, CO USA
    309
    236
    43
    I'm going to take the middle road on this one. Any acute issues that I have been cleared for in the past, I will mark as "NO" on the form (think Pelvis and Shoulder reconstruction surgery, maybe a little DCS). Any ongoing issues and I will likely go to my doctor to make sure things haven't changed. I think sever allergies could be in the latter category. For my thyroid condition I make sure to ask about it specifically during my annual checkup. This gives me confidence to mark "NO" on the form and feel like I am not being dangerous. The form is a legal liability waiver. I'm happy knowing I have done what is right for the the instructor, dive buddies, and my safety.
     
    markmud, Marie13 and Dark Wolf like this.
  3. kensuf

    kensuf Cave Instructor

    2,175
    2,931
    113
    I do my annual physical around my birthday every year. I also have horrific allergies during oak season and get a signed medical at the same time.
     
    Marie13 likes this.
  4. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    7,116
    5,709
    113
    I'm finding newish recreational divers are decent buddies for my quarry practice dives. They don't mind spending time on platforms (fellow yesterday had just taken his PPB class and wanted more practice) and they're trying out new cameras or like taking video (I will give them my faux GoPro) so I can get video.
     
  5. ToneNQ

    ToneNQ ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Australia
    97
    100
    33
    I believe you learn more about the gaps in your knowledge and dive planning and problem solving when you're the diver everyone looks to. When people defer to you, or ask for advice it makes you properly consider things. A bit of perceived pressure sharpens you up, your buoyancy was probably demonstration quality with a recent PPB diver watching. The idea of always diving with equally or more highly experienced divers has its own set of flaws.
     
  6. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    7,116
    5,709
    113
    Haha! He probably got full entertainment value for his quarry entry fee observing my "wrestling with the devil" valve drill. :D
     
    ToneNQ and Dark Wolf like this.
  7. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA
    675
    423
    63
    Do you sell tickets?



    :rofl3::outtahere:
     
    Marie13 likes this.
  8. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    1,783
    1,382
    113
    valve drills are ALWAYS messing practicing .............and for real are very aggressive , for oblivious reasons
     
    Marie13 likes this.
  9. Diver BDT

    Diver BDT Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Michigun
    6
    1
    3
    Marie
    Was looking back on some pictures and noticed it looks like you have a diverite harness with hard plastic shoulder straps. My gf had same Harness we switched out the shoulder pads with halcyon soft pads. She was having trouble even touching her dump valve for dry suite now is doing valve drill with this change.
     
  10. Diver BDT

    Diver BDT Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Michigun
    6
    1
    3
    Pic
     

    Attached Files:

Share This Page