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Okay I admit...(the dumb thing I did in 2019)

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by jonhall, Dec 23, 2019.

  1. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    Thought I'd share the dumb thing I did this past year (can't remember anything from prior years!) Figure it can be a learning experience. You know what they say about karma.....

    Did 10 boat dives off the Kohala Coast of the Big Island. On the last day, I was enjoying another great dive. Had seen a leaf scorpionfish, yellow frogfish, dragon wrasse, sponge crab, and a couple of mantas on previous dives. So on the 9th dive, About 30 minutes into the dive, I saw a dusty sea cucumber and signaled to my dive buddy I was going to it. He saw it also and knew what I was going to do. After getting to it I checked my buddy again who was a little farther away - the rest of our group a little farther ahead of him. I began to dust the sand off of the sea cucumber to spell my last name. When I was done I looked up at my buddy who was not there; no-one was there. KARMA for touching the sea cucumber! - visibility was good so I looked for bubbles - NONE! I started swimming in the direction the group had gone and saw nothing. Good on air, I started thinking about what I was going to do - actually I first thought "you deserved this." I swam back to the last place I had been with everyone - by the sea cucumber. Along the way my thoughts were that I knew the direction of the shore (it's the only thing I really use my compass for), we were probably no more than 4-5 football fields away from shore, there was no boat traffic in the area, the water was calm on the surface and with no other boat traffic, I probably would see the dive boat if I surfaced and if I didn't see the boat, I was going to be pretty embarrassed when I saw everyone again. Once back to where I lost everyone, I swam to the other side of a large rock feature and everyone went swimming by. Turns out had I surfaced right there I would have been within 100 feet of the boat. Yes, I took a picture of the sea cucumber with my last name on it to remind me not to touch the sea life!!

    Anyone else with a story?
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  2. Bubblesong

    Bubblesong Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Massachusetts
  3. Divectionist

    Divectionist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Gold Coast, Australia
    Is there a 'lost buddy procedure' with that group?

    A few months ago I was on a dive where one buddy of another nearby buddy team came over signalling that his buddy was lost, so after looking around for a short while, I shot a DSMB and asked the boat whether anyone has surfaced - no - so the boat kept a lookout top side and the 3 of us searched underwater for a good 15min, then surfaced at the agreed dive time - up came the buddy who thought he should continue his dive alone instead of surfacing to regroup.

    It was quite annoying since it would've only taken 2-3 minutes to regroup and descend again if procedure was followed, this way 3 other divers and the boat wasted 30% of their own dive searching for someone, getting worried.

    Now show the cucumber.
    aviator8, eleniel, jonhall and 2 others like this.
  4. jonhall

    jonhall Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Indianapolis
    No official plan from the op. My buddy and I have about 120 dives together and generally keep a good eye on each other and communicate pretty well.

    Okay, so here's the cucumber! Now I see how bad I messed the H up!

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  5. divinh

    divinh Photographer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: San Francisco
    A guide had always been swimming very fast and I asked him to slow down, because I had a camera and wanted to take pictures. On one particular dive, I got frustrated with the speed of the dive and thought I would just take matters into my own hands, stop whenever I wanted to take a picture, and catch up after. I would just look for bubbles. Unfortunately, visibility was terrible and another dive group passed by, so it wasn't easy to tell which direction my group went. I waited a moment and found the bubble trail and caught up, just as the guide was turning around to check on us. I'll not do that again in poor vis.
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  6. Alekseolsen

    Alekseolsen Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Norway
    My first liveaboard, around mid-week, after getting way to comfortable, attempted a "negative entry", as per the rest of the week (don't like other ranks to hit my head) just this time, with no lead.
    I didn't have the balls to blame it in the buddy
    jonhall likes this.
  7. Catito

    Catito Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Palm Beach County, Fl

    Just...why? Kinda like the youngsters who carve their names into redwoods. At least the cucumber will not be left with a scar.

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