great post.......

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Posted by ChrisM on May 11, 2005 at 11:49:12:

In Reply to: Out of Air Situations - Here's my experience, what's yours? posted by Anonymous on May 11, 2005 at 11:32:39:

Sounds like you handled it well....

1. What are folks' thoughts on Air IIs?

Read your post.... spot on

2. How often have you had to donate air? What are your personal ratios, 1 out of 50 dives, one out of 100, one out of 200? What's the deal here.

Once out of 600+ dives to a photog. buddy, out of pure stupidity and inattention. (I also had to receive air on my first OW dive way back when cuz I screwed up... :) ) Humans will make errors, unfortunately

3. Do people think running out of air/having to share air is a serious situation? This buddy was fairly nonchalant about the whole deal, even claiming that it was a "great dive". I said it was the "worst f#$%in dive ever" for me because of what happened. The most aggravating part for me is that it was totally avoidable and not due to equipment failure.

It's a very serious situation, but made less so by the knowledge that you know how to handle it. He or she may have been non chalant, and it sounds like the adrenaline factor got you going, but maybe he/she is an adrenaline junkie. And yes, there is also anger for someone else's stupid tricks putting you at risk...

but if your perspective that it was a good dive, not in the way seeing a mola mola is a good dive, but in a deeper more important sense of facing the situation, dealing with it capably and admirably, and learning important lessons from it, then maybe the dive was better than you thought?

Great post.....


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