Not ready/qualified/trained/etc. to make a dive

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on November 19, 2000 at 21:46:29:

Sort of as an extension from the discussions we've had about people making dives they're not equipped (skills, mentally, etc.) to do . . .

Assume you're diving with a group on a boat. There's a DM on board who's overseeing dive operations and to assist/rescue if the need arises. What do you do when there's a diver preparing to do a dive that they may not be capable of doing, and that you fear could result in serious injury or death?

For those of you that teach or DM, how do you handle it if you're the DM on the boat?

For those that are divers, how would you react if you were the diver in question and someone suggested that you not to do a particular dive (or at least go with a DM escort)? What things would resonate with you and what things wouldn't?

The floor is open. (BTW, for those who are divers and not supervisors, when you reply you might indicate your general level of experience because I think that will greatly influence how you feel about this.)

Ken Kurtis
NAUI Instr. #5936
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, Ca.

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