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    The Scuba dive that crushed my spine

    Report on BBC website

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/disability-44568215

    Talk about bad planning!

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    What are you talking about??...

    "It had been meticulously planned", BBC News

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    "[it] was "a disparity between what was planned in terms of breathing rates and what actually happened on the dive". It was unpredictable."

    Apparently...

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    Great things content gauges ...especially if you check them occasionally

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    I wouldn't normally comment on such stuff but 'meticulously planned' my arse.

    Zero redundancy and two instructors that couldn't keep a track of their own air consumption and two that didn't keep enough reserve to cater for getting their buddy out of the water.

    How many holidaymakers had trusted these people to keep them alive?

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    40m on single tanks?
    No boat cover?
    That is one dive operation off my list.
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    Human beings were invented by water as a means of moving itself from one place to another.

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    Comical report - they were out of air but had time to write on slates???

    It does make a mockery of the whole recreational diving industry when 4 instructors can't complete a 40m dive without all of them running out of gas and two of them suffering DSC as a result

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    I don't want to be a dick about this, and I'm not the most experienced diver, they've almost certainly got more dives than me under their belt, its very sad the lad has ended up in a wheel chair, but it does sound like an entirely preventable accident.

    I do wonder whether they're zero to hero course diving instructors, and if they've done any gas planning. To me it sounds like they've totally forgotten to take into account the atmospheric differences at depth wrt to the gas volume they'd use...... Or just got narced and forgot to check their gauges. I wouldn't consider going to 40m on a single 12L....... I'd have concerns doing it on a 15 to be honest.

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    So dived up for this that their response to an OOG situation was to fuck about 40m debating by slate how they should handle it, and so well equipped that they had to buddy breath out of 40m...

    I did have to check that this was 01 Aug, not 01 Apr.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sim667 View Post
    ... if they've done any gas planning. ...
    It is quite unusual in my experience for any gas planning except on "technical" dives. The normal practice is to use the remaining gas as a guide to when to ascend. A 40m dive is in the no-man's zone between technical planned decompression dives and recreational. IIRC the PADI RDP is 8 minutes for 40m. So not enough time really for a dive if you are on tables.

    It's only really as you progress into the technical training that all these things start to get added into the mix. I would accept that some of the things I did early on were stupid given the hindsight of greater knowledge.

    At 40m you need to keep a keen eye on the gas, it can and does go fast. In clear warm water 40m seems nothing at all. In dark, green English seas it is scary deep. In reality it is deep and needs proper planning and dive management.


 
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