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Newbie Mistake

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Jody Freitas, Sep 12, 2020.

  1. Jody Freitas

    Jody Freitas Angel Fish

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    So today I made the dumbest newbie mistake ever. Drove two hours to meet a new dive buddy got suited up and literally about to jump in the water to realize I forgot to pack my fins......Doh! 1-hr round trip later to local dive shop hearing Shame Shame Shame in my head the whole time......
     
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  2. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    This guy is fine without fins... and tanks, regulators, BCs

     
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  3. Snoweman

    Snoweman Great White

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    I've gone over the side of the boat without my fins on.
     
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  4. Jody Freitas

    Jody Freitas Angel Fish

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    They were at least on the boat though right?
     
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  5. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

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    been there done that
     
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  6. SavDiver

    SavDiver Instructor, Scuba

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    What agency did you get certified with? Cause I know agencies that have the Ecard also having a packing list and custom packing list that you can make. You can also just do a pen and paper. In all seriousness don't let it get to you, I have seen guys jump of boats without their LPI connected, with no weight pockets, and even seen someone hop into their gear try to grab their regulator and say "oh I didn't hook it up yet." We all have those moments except me....obviously
     
  7. rick00001967

    rick00001967 Tech Instructor

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    i was on a boat where my buddy did a backroll without fins or a mask. we both laughed so hard i didnt think i could get down after that. haha
     
  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Well, gotta tell my old story again. Camping in NY, drove to CT shore dive. Geared up, walked to beach and entered water. THEN realized I wasn't carrying my fins. They were on the sofa in the trailer in NY. Thought "What am I gunna do, walk on the sandy bottom the whole dive?" Fortunately the lifeguards on the public beach side lent me a pair of fins. I suppose since my fins never got into the car there was nothing left to pick up, so I figured I'm all set and walked to the shore.
    I'd like to say it was a newbie flub, but that was in 2009, dive #138, and just prior to becoming a DM.........It happens, especially if you let yourself get distracted.
     
  9. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

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    Just don't let it happen again! :wink:
     
  10. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

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    I was checking my wife's and my luggage to Cozumel once when I realized I had left my neatly packed carry-on with all my dive gear at home. There was no time to retrieve it, so I had to rent that week. At least I had enough sense to put my prescription mask in my backpack.

    Since then I've used a checklist. And done my best to avoid really early morning flights.
     

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