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No solo diving in overhead environment

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by Foxfish, Jan 26, 2014.

  1. mick allein III

    mick allein III Solo Diver

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    Location: Lansing, MI
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    Your "average" full cave diver is probably better trained than your "average" open water scuba instructor- and light years ahead of most recreational divers. Every cave dive (and every technical dive for that matter) is really a "solo" dive... but sometimes you are diving solo ... together. In other words you are always self sufficiently diving even when you are diving with a buddy.[/QUOTE]




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    ---------- Post added February 5th, 2015 at 05:46 PM ----------

    Your "average" full cave diver is probably better trained than your "average" open water scuba instructor- and light years ahead of most recreational divers. Every cave dive (and every technical dive for that matter) is really a "solo" dive... but sometimes you are diving solo ... together. In other words you are always self sufficiently diving even when you are diving with a buddy.[/QUOTE]

    I think the operative word here is "average." I agree the average cave diver is probably better than most divers. But there are cave and tech divers that are poor divers. Certifications exist for a reason. They allow dive businesses to make somewhat objective decisions regarding who can dive where and how. There's no reason that a dive site operator should be expected to allow an AOW diver to dive solo. That said certification does not necessarily equate to competency. Having a card in your pocket cave, tech or otherwise doesn't make you a competent diver.



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  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
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    :rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3::rofl3:
    Yes, there is a nominal charge for this course.

    The amount of money I earn teaching scuba does not come close to covering my scuba expenses.

    Of course.
     
  3. ams511

    ams511 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Miami, Florida
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    This is a problem with living in Central Florida, there is no local diving. You have a few state parks but they require a dive buddy also. The only place that is "open" would be beach diving off Vero but it is not really ideal for practicing skills.

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    What exactly do they teach in an overhead course regarding buddy rescues? In open water you can always get an incapacitated or unconscious diver to the service relatively easy by either inflating the BC or dropping the weight belt. But in a cave, you are now a solo diver and your buddy is now a liability.
     
  4. tstormdiver

    tstormdiver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kentucky
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    I was taught to do what I could for a buddy, but not to jeopardize my own safety. In the end, most technical divers are taught to be self suffiecent within a team. It is not to say, don't help,... but that each diver, in the end is responsible for their own safety & be comfortable enough to safely get themselves out of the dive, if seperation or an emergency should occur. I have heard technical diving referred to, " a solo dive in a social environment".
     
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  5. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
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    I was diving in a cave in Florida a little over a year ago when a man saved his buddy in a cave. We were just entering the cave when the man came out dragging his unconscious buddy while holding his donated regulator in the buddy's mouth. The man was successfully revived.

    Rescuing your buddy in an OOA emergency is a major part of cave training.
     
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  6. Six Feet Under

    Six Feet Under Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Central Florida
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    Exactly, and Vero is 165 miles from my house. Guess I'll look into getting the solo card after I take my cavern class.
     
  7. ams511

    ams511 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Miami, Florida
    7,200
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    When you said Central Florida I automatically think Orlando, but if you are north of O-town then Vero is farther. I am not sure if there is anything on the Gulf side. One potential site is Bayport Park at the end of 50 West. I seen people diving there years ago and it is currently listed with no lifeguards and swim at your own risk so I don't think anyone would care.
     
  8. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
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    Of course
     
  9. DaleC

    DaleC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Leftcoast of Canada
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    Ahead in what way? It really isn't a pissing contest. A well trained rec diver is as relevantly trained as a tech diver if they are in a rec setting. The world would be a happier place if people gave up on all the labeling and just sought the skills they need for the dives they enjoy and leave it at that.
     
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  10. BDSC

    BDSC Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Wake Forest, NC
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    OK. Just didn't seem like it by your post.
     

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