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So who’s ever brought up their second stage in a lobster bag?

Discussion in 'Near Misses and Lessons Learned' started by uncfnp, Dec 11, 2019.

  1. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
    Of course I debated posting this but it happened and I own it so...

    It was the first day of a week diving the West Palm Beach area of Florida. Our focus this trip is to catch lobsters. I had switch my hoses over to a DIN first stage since we use our own tanks here. I also changed out a swivel connection to a new one as a precaution.

    First dive of the trip was a very popular recreational site and shallow so obviously few bugs. So I am about 52 minutes into the dive when a large number of bubbles abruptly starting to come out the new swivel. Well darn! Dive’s over. I switch over to my bungee backup and fold the primary hose. This slowed the stream to a trickle.

    Next I unclip my DSMB and get it ready to shoot. But I need two hands so I release the hose and the bubbles fly! I start heading up winding my reel when I hear a pop and look down. Yep, my second stage is spiraling down and the bubbles are intense. (Mistake 1, I assumed the leak was a failed swivel. If I had realized it was the connection I might have been able to tighten the connection and stop the leak. Mistake 2, when I switched the hoses and swivel I started with it all hand tight. Obviously I didn’t go back and firm up that connection).

    Mistake number 3, I made a couple of attempts to grab the loose hose but no luck. I should have put more effort into attempting to get the hose so I could fold the hose and maybe slow the loss.

    Now, mistake number 4 and its a good one. I see my second spiraling down and I am still getting some gas from the tank. You guessed it, I head after my regulator. So stupid. Best I can tell from the profile I added about 20 seconds to my dive and yes, took my last good breath from the tank about the time I retrieved the second and placed it in my lobster bag.

    Now it’s time for a true cesa. I had been posting on pony bottle threads that I had quit carrying it on shallow dives because I felt confident I was capable of it. Fortunately I was not overconfident although I admit it wasn’t fun. The hardest part was blowing up my wing when I hit the surface already a bit short of breath.

    So please. Don’t be stupid like me.
  2. lowviz

    lowviz Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Northern Delaware or the New Jersey Turnpike

    (You are being overly hard on yourself) I know that you have the skills and a cool head. What a story, thanks for having the guts to post it!!
    shoredivr, chillyinCanada and uncfnp like this.
  3. AdivingBel

    AdivingBel Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Missouri
  4. fsardone

    fsardone Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Rome, Italy
    A superior diver uses is superior judgement in order to avoid using his superior skills. In order to build superior judgement we need mistakes (own or others’).
    Thank you for posting yours. I believe this time you had to use your superior skills ...

    well done!
  5. johndiver999

    johndiver999 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Gainesville FL
    Chasing dropped or lost pieces of gear because of pride, anger, frustration or embarrassment. 2 weeks ago I watched a buddy try to chase a dropped weightbelt from the surface on its way to 140 feet (while freediving). Thankfully he gave up around 40 feet.

    Spearfishermen are also particularly prone to this weakness. I try to tell myself that I am willing to loose any piece of equipment that I take underwater, but I have found myself doing very similar things. It is a failure to prioritize properly - so I sometimes try to remind myself of the expend-ability of my stuff. Expensive camera systems are down right dangerous in this regard.

    Thanks for the report. How deep was the CESA?
    Soloist, Esprise Me and uncfnp like this.
  6. Diver below 83

    Diver below 83 Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: SoFlo
    Were you solo? Couldn’t send someone else down to grab the reg?
  7. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    Hey, you didn't shuffle off that mortal coil; advantage: you . . .
    BenjaminF, uncfnp and Bob DBF like this.
  8. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

    What did the lobster do to it?
    eleniel likes this.
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I had a 2nd stage blow off the hose once on a boat, I'm sure it was because it was not correctly connected, I was lucky that the 2nd stage stayed on the boat. You really can't be too careful that all of your connections are secure.
    Soloist and uncfnp like this.
  10. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Well, that’s the first time I’ve heard of this one....

    Glad nothing worse happened.
    Dark Wolf and uncfnp like this.

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