Submitted by Scuba Mike on Wed, 24/11/2010 - 13:49.
Every diver fears DCS, or decompression sickness. Many have suffered minor skin tingling, or joint pain, after deep dives, but it’s the full-on blood curdling version of DCS that scares the living daylights out of us.
There are several things we can do to minimise the risk:
Submitted by Scuba Mike on Tue, 11/08/2009 - 14:45.
A surface marker buoy, or SMB is an essential piece of kit for a diver, especially one who dives regularly from boats. As with any skill, using one should be regularly practiced, and as with all things diving, it isn’t as easy to deploy from 30 meters with gloves on as you think it’s going to be!
If you’re carrying an SMB, always agree with your buddy on the procedure for deploying it prior to the dive and as part of the briefing. You should be adept at using the buoy yourself, but it is always easier with someone else’s help. If you’re intending to make it a two person job, agree clearly on the surface who is doing what.
Submitted by Scuba Mike on Mon, 11/05/2009 - 06:30.
All divers experience fear, and probably more often than they’d care to admit. From the sickening moment when you’re gear catches on something in a wreck to a full blown problem with a buddy, any of us who have dived a fair bit will have been through these situations.
Then there’s the fear that you experience when you first start to dive. Will you use your air too fast? Will I remember to do all the things I’m supposed to do? Where’s my buddy gone? On any dive, you have to be able to multi task, and in the early days this just doesn’t come naturally.
Submitted by Scuba Mike on Sun, 22/03/2009 - 20:51.
As a diver there is going to come a time when you dive from a boat. It could be a small RIB off Brighton, or a huge liveaboard in The Red Sea, either way the skills you’ll need are essentially the same.
Submitted by Scuba Mike on Sat, 28/02/2009 - 18:24.
I was reminded about the importance of good buoyancy recently, when I accompanied a bunch of try divers as a guide. It was their first experience diving in the ocean – we were only at 3 meters – and of course, their buoyancy was appalling! Most of them ended up bouncing along the seabed dragging themselves along with their hands, then putting too much air in their jackets and popping up towards the surface. Of course we were all there once.