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Venting from short dive time

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Goingforsound, Oct 19, 2019.

  1. Goingforsound

    Goingforsound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines / Burkina Faso
    Hi guys,

    Just venting out from todays experience. I do a lot of diving here in the philippines and its mostly affordable. I choose a new operator on malapascua island to get some more hours on the double tank rig while my girlfriend dives a single tank.

    Our two dives today were tricked short by two different dive masters. They are running a deep-ish profile for most part of the dive then "run out of ndl" and force the safety stop. Our first dive was 52min and our second was 49. My gf and the other diver came up with 110/120 bars.

    I feel that most of the people on the boat did not care and everybody was happy while I feel a little let down. I am used to smaller operation who adjust the dive time to the divers air consumption. In my opinion, a dive should be a minimum of 60min or 50bars. We typicaly do 75-80min.

    Thanks for reading my rant.

  2. happy-diver

    happy-diver Skindiver Just feelin it

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: same ocean as you
    You're right, with the amount of dives I've done, this would amount to hundreds for free they've stolen from me
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  3. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    Most of my diving for the last few years has been on liveaboard trips, and 60 min max dive times have been pretty much universal.
    wKkaY, Lorenzoid, FinnMom and 3 others like this.
  4. dlofting

    dlofting DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver, BC, Canada
    Dive time does sometimes depend on NDL. If what you're looking to see is deeper, say 30m with nothing much else between there and the surface, then your dive time will be shorter.
  5. Saboteur

    Saboteur Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Earth
    I agree with you. Divers should be allowed to use up their air depending on NDL and allowance for the safety stop. I just got back from Grand Cayman and the op pulled that one on us as well. Two 45 minute dives, modest depths and 1200-1500 Psi left. I asked one of the crew about it and I just got a lame excuse about it being late in the day, they’ve had a long day, need to get back.... not a great customer experience.
  6. JoeFriday

    JoeFriday Photographer

    If you are on an organized dive (boat and / or guided) then you should expect to have time limits imposed as they have a published schedule to keep.

    Breathing the tank down or hitting NDL could take as little as 20 minutes or longer than 120 minutes on the same dive site depending upon profile choosen. Too much variation to use that as a schedule decider.
  7. Khrissi

    Khrissi Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: London
    Well in a way that sucks - however- was it a good dive and did you see lots of interest?

    I have had a few dives now where i ran over my usual time on aacylinder but theretwasnt much of interest :( k
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  8. Goingforsound

    Goingforsound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines / Burkina Faso
    The dive was a reef 14-22m, the profile could easily be adjusted to achieve 60min with proper ndl.

    I know that an operation should keep a schedule. But 49 mins? Really?

    Bring me up at 60min everytime I wont complain :)
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  9. diveUAE

    diveUAE Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Abu Dhabi
    Totally agree! We were in Lembeh in August, and was told by the manager of the resort that dive times would be around 75 min - give or take....

    Great! However our guide constantly said: around 60 min/50 bar. It’s fine with the deeper dives, but especially our last dive, where I found a family of GPF, that he just swam past in his hurry to get back to the surface, and he waited a bit, but then signaled to end the dive at 65 min- while I still had 90 and my husband 80 bar - on 6 m so we could easily have stayed for the full 75 or even more:-(
  10. SammyW

    SammyW Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Derbyshire, UK
    If the Diveguide gives you the safetystop signal at 45mins just signal back that you’ve got a 30min deco obligation and wave them off while you do your own thing
    Saboteur, StefinSB and Perryed like this.

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