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RAID Cave 1 - Good Course?

Discussion in 'Cave Diving' started by CaveSloth, Jul 3, 2018.

  1. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Orca

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    There was a double fatality about 10 years ago at Wayne’s World where a closed isolator was a contributing factor.
     
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  2. helodriver87

    helodriver87 DIR Practitioner

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    That was the one with the intro dude and his AOW buddy, right?
     
  3. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    There is the lower center of mass with SM than BM. I think the issue lies in the fact that the exit/entrance of most boats is not wide enough for SM. That's the case of every boat charter I've been on in the Puget Sound. There are two I haven't been on, but I'd be surprised if those are any different.

    I think another issue with regards to rough seas is how long of a leash is on the bottom of the tank. I don't have a leash. Bolt snap is right against the cylinder, so the amount of swim of the cylinder is minimal at best.
     
  4. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

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    anybody seen the OP since post #1?
     
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  5. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    Isn't the norm for an OP to disappear while half of SB yammer away for pages on end? :wink:
     
  6. PfcAJ

    PfcAJ Orca

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    Yeah. Intro and maybe cavern? I don’t recall.

    Bad situation though. Challenging cave to begin with.
     
  7. DeepSeaExplorer

    DeepSeaExplorer Solo Diver

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    It has occurred to me that SM could be an advantage for dive travel.

    Show up in a place like Bonaire with a SM rig and two stage kits for AL80s. Put the stage kits on a couple tanks from the dive op, and hit the reef with doubles. Then, move the stage kits to new tanks and repeat.

    Less travel time out and back = more quality dive time.
     
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  8. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

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    Hey @CaveSloth , have you made any decisions about which agency/instructor you want to continue your training with?
     
  9. CaveSloth

    CaveSloth Barracuda

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    Not really a decision per se. I am diving regularly working on the skills to complete my TDI Intro to Tech certification and will start some form of cave training after that is completed.
     
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  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    I’ve been called lazy by one of the back mount extremists on this board for the same reasoning. But when I go on vacation I want to be able arrive at night, get as much sleep as I can, and show up in the morning and set up my kit. I can dive through any dive op as all I need is bottles. I don’t need to bother with the hassle of a twin set. Therefore sidemount is my configuration of choice. It isn’t about a fad, but consistently diving the same configuration so I’m always proficient at it. It’s that simple.
     

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