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While on Vacation, Why don't u like other people changin your tank?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Ladyvalea, Jul 9, 2009.

  1. Louie

    Louie Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Vancouver (yet again but not for long)
    It's always good to set up your own gear. Most competent divemasters and boat crew will know how to put most gear together but then there may be those who may not be as knowledgeable. I've been to dive shops in more out of the way parts where the staff marvelled at my exotic Apeks(!!??) reg.

    But I would like to highlight the other side of this. In some conditions, it is very difficult to have all the divers simultaneously assembling their equipment (imagine, small boat with no tank stations, an outrigger canoe, very rough seas, etc). In order to accommodate schedule, safety and efficacy, the staff will assemble the gear. In this situations, instead of telling off the staff and being rude - as some people do, you can just watch and give helpful hints if you have uncommon gear. The staff are being helpful and trying to facilitate the dives in the best way possible and as customers, we should be reasonable and cooperative.
  2. Walter

    Walter Instructor, Scuba

    I take it a step farther. I break it down and set it up myself.

    I object to the concept that they are "letting you" set up your own gear. It's your gear, it's not up to them to "let you" do anything with it. It's completely your choice.
  3. WavyGravy

    WavyGravy Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Toronto, CANADA
    I'm trying to remember if any of my gear has been set up by staff on vacation before. It's just faster to do it myself instead of waiting for someone else to do it. It's nice having empty tanks taken away and new ones brought up, but other than that I just do it myself.

    This is exactly my fear. On one of my dive trips I was set up and gear checked waiting to go, when I realized a young deck hand was playing with my air. It freaked me out a bit and I ended up checking everthing again to make sure he wasn't turning it off or something by mistake.

    It seems crazy to the kind of diver who spends his spare time on a diving forum, but god knows how many vacation divers have avoided a difficult situation because of this practice.
  4. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: SW Louisiana
    Answer to last question----"NO"....
  5. Ladyvalea

    Ladyvalea Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Fort Worth, Texas, United States

    That is the exact situation ...small boat with a lot of people!! Yes, the Deckhand lifted the BC over on fresh tanks!! and each time I would check the pressure too, and see if I had a full tank...
  6. allistoy

    allistoy Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Windsor Ontario Canada
    I don't allow anyone to touch my gear under any condition if I catch them I go back over everything again. I tell the crew I will tip them better if they don't touch anything including checking my air just before jumping into the ocean. I have seen crew members acidentally shut a guys air off just before jumping in because they were too busy talking with others to pay attention to the task at hand.
  7. imwright1985

    imwright1985 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: West Palm Beach, FLorida
    i would set up my own gear, doing this will allow you to make sure tank height is right because it affects your weight distribution which other people might not be greatest with since everyone had different body composition and height. only way i wouldnt set up my own gear is if you have a loop that is adjusted to kinda saddle the valve to keep consistant height. with the reg and lpi hose almost anyone that has been around diving for a few days should be competant enough to hook up, but on teardown make sure they are putting dustcap back on after it is dry to keep moisture outa first stage and that the bc's get drained from water that may have gotten inside
  8. El Orans

    El Orans ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Netherlands
    In Cozumel, the DM set up our gear.

    No problem, I saw that he had a similar set-up. So he knew how to handle it.

    I'll check it anyway before I jump in.
  9. Kingpatzer

    Kingpatzer Captain

    # of Dives: 500 - 999


  10. ligersandtions

    ligersandtions DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Pedro, CA
    If I ever noticed any hesitation from a DM or crew member about allowing me to set my own gear up, that would be the next thing out of my mouth: "If you are interested in getting a tip, I want to set my own gear up." They're more than welcome to watch over my shoulder, but the moment my valve gets touched by someone other than me, I will be checking it myself directly afterwards.

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