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My close call

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by Shawn95, Aug 12, 2013.

  1. bada3003

    bada3003 Solo Diver

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    Great post.

    One other thing I don't agree the OP doing: trying to fix the regulator problem rather than commencing a controlled ascent while sharing air. Since the kid wasn't panicking, this seems to be a no-brainer to keep the problem contained.
     
  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I am sorry that I did not notice this question before.

    If you are buddied with someone you never met, then you definitely should make your process for handling an OOA situation part of the pre-dive check. However, that is no guarantee that things will happen the way you plan. Not only that, it might be some random person you have never met coming to you for air. You therefore have to have the presence of mind to deal with whatever situation develops as it develops. One way to do that is to do plenty of practice. I have been working on a continuing education student recently, and as a part of that process I have done a number of air share drills, either with her or having her do it with another student. So far, every time she has donated air, she has given the OOA diver her alternate regulator upside down. I have corrected her every time, and every time she has a "Duh! How stupid!" moment. I assume that back when she did her OW class (somewhere else), she had it mastered and has since forgotten. Eventually she will figure it out. Most people get it faster than that, but it shows the necessity of practice. This is a skill with which you want to be perfectly comfortable when it happens so that you can react confidently and appropriately.
     
  3. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace

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    I don't think so, as long as the two of you go over how you are going to do things.

    When someone runs out of gas, they can either remain calm (in which case they will probably do what has been previously briefed) or they can get panicky. In the latter case, they will either go for a reg or bolt. No matter what air-sharing strategy you use, you can cope with either someone removing the reg from your mouth, or going for your backup reg, because YOU aren't panicky or out of gas.

    Configured the way I am, it's almost certain that someone who is desperate for air will go for the reg in my mouth, because it would be difficult for them to see my backup reg, which is just under my chin, and not very visible when I'm horizontal (which I almost always try to be). I've had someone pull the reg out of my mouth while we were doing a lights-out exit from a cave -- I just calmly reached down for my own backup and put it in my mouth. It IS a good idea, though, to practice switching to your own backup, especially if you donate the octo, because a lot of people don't ever think of that as an option for any problem.
     
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  4. fozzy

    fozzy Angel Fish

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    Going through old threads so i'm reviving a few... :)

    I've long thought about making my primary reg with a longer hose and YELLOW and keeping the secondary on my chest.... not standard for anybody really but i think it would be quite clear what reg to take... and i'd be used to what "normally" happens.

    On a side note i tend to keep my hands near my chest (lamp and secondary reg are there if there's no camera so basically i know where the things i need more often are, a bit insecure?) during dives, this came quite useful when during my rescue course my instructor played it hard and took my mask, pulled at my reg and dropped my weights within a couple of seconds... took my secondary reg, dump valve and slowed down the ascent... it was one of the very few times i saw him grinning under water, going for the secondary seems to be a not considered options by most divers... (probably not here on the boards, talking about the average "in water" diver).
     
  5. tracydr

    tracydr Divemaster

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    I think the fact that he spit out the regs indicates that he was indeed panicked early on.
    this is an example of why I think buddy breathing should continue to be taught, too.
    My husband and I practice buddy breathing and removing our reg to take a sip off the camel back frequently. When I was a new diver and for quite some time, I didn't like to drop my reg, even in the pool.
     

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