Having now read both sides of the story...

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Posted by Wayne on May 13, 2005 at 15:09:29:

In Reply to: Some difference in story, but totally my fault. posted by scubalaurel on May 12, 2005 at 20:29:17:

...I would buddy with you any time. You knew the air in the tank, you thought-it-through and decided to make the most of the air in a shallow dive, you switched switched to backup air (buddy) before OOA, etc.

Using the last gasp from the tank is not always a problem. Beign surprised by an empty tank, on the other hand, is a serious problem. These two situations shoudl never be confused.

In your case, it was not a problem. Had we been diving togehter, I suspect we woudl have put you on my octo to conserve your air for the beach exit. Sharing air should never be an issue, and shoudl never wait until someone is OOA.

Like I said, I would buddy with you. I also would buddy with Tom. Although his gear configuration is not ideal for sharing, he handled the surprise and made air instantly available.

Of course if you guys ever dive with me, you will have to sign my waiver...


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