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  •  That's why a new vogue in diving puzzles me -- (5+ / 0-)

    solo, no-buddy diving. Though I'm really comfortable diving, that seems nuts to me.  However, if you talk to enough dive-masters, you find out that a lot of even the more seemingly sensible ones do it all the time.  Can you say, "Hubris"?

           My favorite dive place is Bonaire & a few years ago a tourist diving alone in shallow water right in front of his resort totally disappeared after he submerged while waving to his wife who was on the resort dock.  If that can happen there, it can happen anywhere.  (Sharks are as common on the resort side of Bonaire as communists on Wall St.  So it probably wasn't Jaws that got the guy.)

    "If you don't read the newspapers, you're uninformed. If you do read the newspapers, you're misinformed." -- M. Twain

    by Oliver St John Gogarty on Sun May 26, 2013 at 11:43:12 AM PDT

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    •  I'm an advanced diver (2+ / 0-)
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      rebel ga, bumbi

      and I would never dream of diving without a buddy.

      •  I am a long time SCUBA diver (3+ / 0-)

        and am a firm believer in the buddy system, even for a short shore dive. Diving by yourself is very dangerous. Too many flukey things can happen. You need your buddy.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon May 27, 2013 at 08:25:46 AM PDT

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        •  For Sure VClib (3+ / 0-)
          Absolutely, no one should ever scuba dive alone.
          Same thing with swimming. The buddy system is necessary because strangers a few feet away may not notice if one is in trouble. But a buddy will.

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          by rebel ga on Mon May 27, 2013 at 08:46:47 AM PDT

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        •  Do as I say, not as I do (1+ / 0-)
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          I was a NAUI Scuba instructor in HAwaii in the 1970s. Among other things I took and escorted tourists on dive cruises. I got to most of the really great dive spots in HI.
          (Mokokini, Kona, Kahoolawe, Cathedrals off LAnai, etc)
          We always taught the buddy system but in reality if I had to have a buddy to go everywhere I wouldn't get many places.

          I hate to say it but I dove a lot by myself, tho I don't recommend it for everyone. I used to dive for my dinner at night right at the mouth of Ala Wai harbor, off of MAgic Island. would get big bugs and parrot fish and I mean right at the Ewa end of Waikiki.
          the scariest part was walking through the park afterwards.

          I also worked as a commercial diver there in Hi and offshore Louisiana. I was working alone a lot there too. Doing anode changes on drill rigs 100' deep, or jetting mud on pipelines dark as hell and then something big bumps against you. Creepy! And once again you hope that God woke up on your side that morning.
           I only did that for big money---$200 bucks a day at the time. (late 70s)

          I certainly don't recommend it but I got so used to being underwater then it was like being on land. HI is great for diving (but not like the Bahamas.)
          I've done other risky things. Don't be like me

          Happy just to be alive

          by exlrrp on Fri Jun 21, 2013 at 06:30:40 PM PDT

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