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Poor diving techniques I noticed during this week's trip.

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by caruso, May 19, 2019.

  1. Yellowdog

    Yellowdog Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Maryland
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    I learned a good lesson about DON"T TOUCH THE REEF on one of my first open water dives. I was in Cozumel, just certified with my daughter and on our second dive+-. There were 7 diver's in our group including the dive master. Another group had descended near us and we let them get ahead. I was just taking in the wonder of the whole new picture and keeping an eye on my Nemo daughter when our normally low key dive master shot forward and grabbed a guy in the group in front and dragged him off the reef. When we finished the dive and were able to talk on the boat he said he had signed the other groups DM several times that his diver was holding, finning, breaking coral and finally lost his cool. I probably would have had a heart attack if someone had grabbed me like that but it was a great early lesson and have always tried to be a conscientious diver since.
     
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  2. outofofficebrb

    outofofficebrb HARRO HUNNAYYY

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Francisco, California
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    I’ve had my share of experiences with bad divers. Here’s one of them from my last trip...i couldn’t believe my eyes when I was kicking against the current so i snapped a picture on my camera. The worst part is he had a giant camera rig and was all over the reef. Don’t get me wrong, I have a camera as well, but my rule is not to touch anything and if I can’t get the shot, then I don’t get the shot. If I can’t manage in current with it, don’t bring it. This guy was laying on the reef and HOLDING onto barrel sponges in current to maintain position, among other things.
     
  3. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoFlo
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    Where did you guys leave from in ftl?
     
  4. MargaritaMike

    MargaritaMike Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: On a non-divable lake in SE Texas
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    First, I am glad no one has told me about my bad technique, although one person did say my feet were straight up on a dive.

    I have seen a very experienced (or so I thought) diver who was lion fish hunting hold on to coral, sponges, and whatever was available to get "the shot". I didn't say anything for diplomatic reasons, but REALLY wanted to.

    Cheers -
     
  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
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    I'm so glad I grew past this. Unless someone's safety has been seriously compromised, I only give advice/input when asked. Mind you, I always set a good example and sometimes show off by swimming backwards in front of bad divers. I am often asked how I stay so still, even by instructors. Be the diver others want to emulate.
     
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    I'm with Pete. I don't say anything unless the transgression is really egregious. Damaging the reef exceeds my threshold.
     
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  7. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
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    I've actually gently lifted their feet above the reef when they do this. When they look, I make the "silt" sign. They'll often be apologetic after the dive.
     
  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    Very interesting. Someone doing his/her part to help protect the environment from the invasive species while destroying the environment. That's a new one. Or maybe the diver was just catching a meal and didn't care about it being invasive?
     
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  9. MargaritaMike

    MargaritaMike Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: On a non-divable lake in SE Texas
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    What is the silt sign?
     
  10. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
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    Rub the first two fingers and thumb together.
    (If you do the same thing with fingers pointed up, it means you have a leak)​
     

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