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  •  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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      rebel ga

      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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