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Newbie Mistake

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

  1. Lostdiver71

    Lostdiver71 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Jupiter, Florida, United States
    I was DM ing on a local charter boat and we had a full boat, about 1/2 were tourists, I grabbed the hook for the float ball (Drift Diving) and realized at about 40 feet down that I was still wearing my sunglasses and wide brimmed hat! Fortunately my mask was around my neck. I stashed the glasses and wore the hat for the entire dive, when we got back on the boat one of the regulars asked if I meant to do that! I told him no but don't tell anyone else.
    fisheater, Scraps and chillyinCanada like this.
  2. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    I dove with a guy that responded to what do you see down there? By telling them sharks, dolphins, swordfish.....until they finally took the hint and walked away, we're in RI in October.
    rob.mwpropane likes this.
  3. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    That's nasty! I humour them for a bit before saying "gotta get in the water, I'm starting to boil".
  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    They don't realize. You must tell them
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  5. maj2

    maj2 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Windsor, Ontario Canada
    I often wear my mask around my neck when it is not on my face.
    I once re-donned my drysuit after a surface interval, got geared up, and was ready to go when I realized that my mask was still around my neck and UNDER the drysuit.
    melanie., eleniel, RyanT and 5 others like this.
  6. Wingy

    Wingy Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Perth West Aust.
    Waited til the end of a dive to be a dickhead. Spent entire last dive in banda sea removing long line full of hooks had a coil of it as long as my arm when I realised I had nothing to cut it with how heavy it was becoming so went to surface. It was then I realised I was attached to the reef by km of industrial high tech long line so at the mercy of the swell and realised I couldn't bend or use that arm, managed to surface and waved to boatmen to HELP cut me loose (my guide had gone to locate other diver and tell another couple of divers what was going on) but took them a little longer because I came up not where expected. When they arrived and realised I was stuck to the sea floor with an arm full of vicious hooks they had to find a knife quickly, cut the end connected to the reef and gently get the hook covered coils off my arm.
    Then I did a really stupid thing. Handed up my tank, fins, bc, mask and went to swim over to the other side of the tender to avoid the line the boys were trying to find where to put.....with nothing but my weightbelt on. I was exhausted even before having to swim with weight. Wont do that again.
  7. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    I always pull my mask down around my neck. No beer buying for me!

    After a fab day of diving, I gathered all my things but I was slow and last paying diver to leave the boat. But I couldn't find my mask. I was just short of panic when one of the crew who knew me very well laughed and laughed, pointing at me! "Chilly! It's around your neck!"

    Ya, so, I did have to buy the beer that day. :oops:
    melanie., Wingy, AfterDark and 6 others like this.
  8. Rickk

    Rickk Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines
    Wet rocks
    Damp sand
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  9. Russjstewart

    Russjstewart Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne
    Two memorable stuff ups
    1.Deep dive on AOW fours from home, loading gear on boat - wetsuiit -Doh !!!!!!!!!!!!. Used instructors shorty wetsuit, winter in Melbourne, it was a quick dive.
    2. Two week trip to the Maldives, day 1, pull my fins on, no straps on fins, fortunately the boat had some 10 mm bungee cord, that did the job..
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  10. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    My buddy once forgot his hood on a shore dive here in N.S., probably in May when the ocean is still like 40F. He stayed on the surface and watched me 20-30' below. He didn't do that again.

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