20,000 Leagues Under The Sea - The Diving Thread

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Post by mtskull » Sat Jun 20, 2015 2:46 pm

Back from Malta now and reflecting on a fantastic trip. I would just like to throw an open question to any divers on this forum:

Since I first began diving a couple of years ago, I keep being told that PADI should stand for "Put Another Dollar In", the implication being that it is an expensive way to go diving. My experience this time has all been positive; I managed seven dives (including some interesting wrecks) and completed the Deep Diver specialty course. The cost for everything, including every bit of kit, manual, one-to-one instruction, transport from the accommodation to the dive centre and road or boat transfer (as appropriate) to the dive sites, worked out at a little under 40 quid per dive.

I reckon that is pretty good value for money. Any thoughts?
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Post by Renegadenemo » Sat Jun 20, 2015 6:33 pm

Since I first began diving a couple of years ago, I keep being told that PADI should stand for "Put Another Dollar In",
It more appropriately stands for 'Pay And Die Immediately' because they coax people into the water who would be a danger to themselves in the bath!
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Post by Richie » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:21 pm

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Post by Richie » Sat Jun 20, 2015 8:50 pm

Also Pass And Die Imediately works as they rush you through the syllabus then sack you off Irrespective of weather you have met the standards
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Post by mtskull » Sun Jun 21, 2015 10:02 am

Renegadenemo wrote:
Since I first began diving a couple of years ago, I keep being told that PADI should stand for "Put Another Dollar In",
It more appropriately stands for 'Pay And Die Immediately' because they coax people into the water who would be a danger to themselves in the bath!
Although I don't consider myself to belong in that category, I have to say that I have been impressed by the attitude of the PADI dive centres that I have used, in that I have been subject to continual assessment (whether undertaking dives that were part of a course or not) and it has always been made clear that I would not be allowed to "run before I could walk".
That said, I suppose that there is nothing to stop a reckless and over confident individual obtaining their Open Water certification and, with eight or nine dives in their logbook, buying a tank and a regulator and going straight out and getting themselves into a situation which they can't handle.....
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Post by Renegadenemo » Sun Jun 21, 2015 12:08 pm

I suppose that there is nothing to stop a reckless and over confident individual obtaining their Open Water certification and, with eight or nine dives in their logbook, buying a tank and a regulator and going straight out and getting themselves into a situation which they can't handle.....
I did the support diver work on a deep exped one time (172m to seabed) and I was given two divers whose job it was to look after the deco station and stage a couple of extra bottles. This involved diving to 12m max and as one of them was a fully certified PADI instructor dive leader rescue and whatever other tickets he'd acquired, I had no worries about him. That was until he went over the side in full deep water rig, found himself over-weighted and descended into total, unreasoned panic. He was sinking and would undoubtedly have died but for my deck-hand gaffing him with a boat hook. We pulled him alongside, threw a loop around his manifold and left him dangling from a cleat until he calmed down. It was later that I learned he'd got all his tickets with the minimum number of dives and actually couldn't dive at all.
We had to go for fuel soon after and he got off the boat with his mate never to return.
When we got back to the dive site we discovered that the girlfriend of one of the bottom divers (now 150m below the surface on the wreck) had volunteered to do support so she went over the wall but without checking what was in the cylinder she'd picked up, which turned out to be a trimix that was unbreathable at the surface. She went hypoxic, lost consciousness very rapidly and became the second casualty to be gaffed that day by my deck-hand. This one was more serious and had to be resuscitated then rushed to hospital where, thankfully, she made a full recovery. Those two very nearly did pay and die immediately, and neither went more than a few feet below the surface.

I did a quick Google on it so I could supply a link but only found discussions on various fora but one astonishing finding is that the dope who panicked and had to be pulled crying like a baby out of the sea later claimed to have actually dived the wreck!
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Post by klingon » Fri Jul 03, 2015 3:55 pm

Yeh-I'll stick to BSAC i think!-not that I can do much diving nowadays-just the occasional Lobbie from Ailsa Craig and scallops from Wemyss bay-ach-now I'm hungry! ;)
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Post by Mike Bull » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:21 am

Sort of diving/salvage related...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-no ... e-33451410

Let's see 'Car S.O.S' sort that one out then..!

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Post by Mentallica » Fri Aug 07, 2015 8:45 am

slightly off topic but maybe you guys can help.

The old man is a dive instructor at the local dive school. I've pretty much taken no interest in it as its really not my thing at all but its coming up to a significant birthday in 2 weeks and I'm looking for a present for him. can anyone recommend a gift, up to about £50 which is diving related.

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Post by Renegadenemo » Fri Aug 07, 2015 10:39 am

Must have item for any self-respecting diver...

http://www.foulmouthshirts.com/New-shir ... -shirt.htm
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