the only advantage i see to a backplate is when crawling into a cave ..., the first place to look for a dive instructor

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Posted by CalAbDiver on August 23, 2001 at 15:51:25:

In Reply to: Re: so how are you going to ditch your backplate in an emergency? posted by MHK on August 23, 2001 at 15:41:34:

... which i know you have done, mike, and which i know you are good at.

in the open water a backplate makes ab-solutely no sense at all. sorry i disagree with you. in your case, a very accomplished cave diver, a backplate it totally appropriate, and any other rig would be a waste of money or unnecessary redundancy or wasted storage space in your house.

i know Andy Voss likes to dive with his backplate in the Ocean. he also wears yellow antennae and a yellow wetsuit. he is a crack up and a lot of fun, and he has raised the bar in Northern California regarding safety through redundancy and failsafe gear choices. if he wants to wear a backplate in the Ocean that is fine with me.

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