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When to call a dive... a question of limits.

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by The Chairman, Jan 20, 2020.

  1. Storker

    Storker Divemaster

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: close to a Hell which occasionally freezes over
    I, too, have read Shadow Divers and The Last Dive.

    If I weren't paranoid already, the Rouse story would've cemented my attitude that one shouldn't be too narked underwater. Which is why I, being perhaps more than averagely sensitive to the nark, don't enjoy deeper depths than some 30m/100' without He in my gas. I just hate being bovine stupid in an environment that isn't conductive to human life.
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  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    I mostly dive by myself, calling a dive is very easy, I've done it a couple times.
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  3. BenjaminF

    BenjaminF Photographer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Israel
    That would make arguing with your partner about the post-dive drinks rather awkward... :p
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  4. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    We nearly always agree :)
  5. rob.mwpropane

    rob.mwpropane Manta Ray

    Ok so I'm semi newish only having a few years under my belt of diving. So far I've called it once at BHB do to lightning. I was geared up walking in when the 1st strike came. We sat under the bridge for 2.5 hours before we finally called it. 2 more times the storm had almost passed, geared up again, when another came through. Bummer as they were calling for occasional showers, no one said thunderstorms.

    A few weeks ago I was gearing up for cold water and things just couldn't get right. Put my undersuit on before my socks, things weren't in order, my wife swore my reg was leaking when climbing in and it turns out it was just the wing getting rid of all the air in between the bladder and the cover (so I had to climb out and check)....it was a bit of a mess.

    Once I finally got in I just sat at the surface trying to find my zen spot all the while thinking "is this when your supposed to call a dive?". Everything calmed down and it was snowing a little. I felt ok so I proceeded and it was a great dive. I'm not sure if I did the right thing, but if anything started going wrong under I would of called it. I was close, but I was still having fun, as soon as the stress passed it was ok.

    My wife is REALLY good about calling dives since her cert last year. She's called 5 boat dives never getting more than 10' or so down. I've never said a word, escort her back to the boat and proceed myself, no attitude from me or anything. If she's not comfortable in the water and I push things, I'm 100% confident she'll make the rest of my day (or trip) REALLY uncomfortable:). Dive and let dive...
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