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What is best for a 5-6 foot entry from a pier? Giant stride?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Ladyvalea, Jul 2, 2009.

  1. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

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    We do the same thing at South Point on the Big Island. Gear goes down on a line, and you jump in (an honest 34 feet) or climb down the cliff. After the dive you climb up and haul your gear up later.
     
  2. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

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    There is a cave dive in Mexico with a drop of about 20 feet, and people do that in doubles. It's actually amazing how little trouble it causes to do a long drop in gear. The first time I had to get off the Spectre (which I think is the boat in Teamcasa's picture) I was nervous as all get-out, but it went fine. Last weekend, I did a GS off a boat (about five or six feet) holding a SCOOTER!
     
  3. piikki

    piikki Solo Diver

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    I don't like striding >5 ft either

    That's good advice. The higher the fall and more apprehensive you are, the easier it is to have your fins splintering all around and taking an awkward tumble. Keeping legs together, body stiff makes for neat, controlled entry... and if you "fall" you fall on your back/arse rather than your face :)

    But anyway, I think your group was maybe making you unnecessarily nervous about the freeflow. Just turn your reg on minus (if it has the the pre dive +/- switch). You do not need to make tech-level adjustments with your reg - at least I haven't had to for just dropping rig into water. Tidy all tanglies into BC, blow wing up and be ready to jump right after your goodies. Way more comfy than jumping very high with all the weight on, for me at least
     
  4. Thalassamania

    Thalassamania Diving Polymath ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Oh, I forgot, the "embolism from regulator in the mouth on entry" that have occurred have all been from 4 or more feet. Snorkel in the mouth for safety!
     
  5. piikki

    piikki Solo Diver

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    Ok, you gotta tell more about this. Gotta be pretty rare!
     
  6. miketsp

    miketsp Solo Diver

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    The major concern jumping in off high piers is water depth.
    I've hit bottom a few times with my fins and jarred my spine even though I thought we had a lot of water.
     
  7. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    You tried that? There are some risks.
    Yep, The Pit on the Dos Ojos property requires a 20 ft or more stride. We did lean our heads forward to avoid bumping the valve. At the end, leave the kit floating, use a rope to help climb the wall, use a rope pulley to pull up the kits.
    Yeah, that sucks. Did that once at San Soloman, Texas.
     
  8. Teamcasa

    Teamcasa Sr. Moderator ScubaBoard Supporter

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    From another thread
    All I can say is where is his buddy and how is he getting out !

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  9. Ladyvalea

    Ladyvalea Nassau Grouper

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    Yep,. I have that Aqualung Lengend...with the +/- switch...but i thought I had to adjust the venturi?? the thingy that you can turn to hard breathing or easy? I had it set to the perfect breathin ... I didn't want to turn it to the loose end .... So ...I really didn't have to touch that part of the regulator? right????
     
  10. Ladyvalea

    Ladyvalea Nassau Grouper

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    this is scary
     

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