Posted by tleemay on January 22, 2003 at 14:13:16:
In Reply to: Re: Yes, zat's so. posted by seahunt on January 21, 2003 at 19:02:55:
No where on my post did I provide a GUE mandated
line, unless the terms 'team' and 'attitude' make
you nervous. If they do, they shouldn't. Substitue
'buddy' and 'mojo' if it works better for you.
I am going to hold reference to the Matterhorn
site since that's what you are asking input for.
It's lucky if you come back from a major reg
problem or gas loss issue at -180.
It's lucky that you can get back to the surface
if you have buoyancy problems at -180'.
It's lucky if you don't get narc'd at that depth
and can't find your way back to the anchor line.
It's lucky if you are found right away should
you get caught in the current and get blown way
off the site, usually miles away if you are doing
a blue water deco ascent.
It's lucky if you have a medical problem flare up
that requires you to be taken back to the surface
by your teammate(s).
That's sounds like relying on a lot of luck should
the cr&p hit the fan.
As most of us have seen, those with decades of
expereince have been challenged in their skills
they developed and relied on only to discover that
they were not a 'good' as they thought - and
usually it takes video to prove it to them.
"10/70 mix with the right equiment, team attitude,
and surface support (which includes the boat,
captain, and crew) makes these types of dives
safer overall - it even make the dives easier to
remember years days-weeks-years later."
Above is where the diver somes into play. The
diver is the trigger for everything. By solving
the problems logically from the outset and being
prepared if they do happen is the best way. Just
diving with twin tanks and a stage bottle is
far from being prepared. I have an ex-buddy
from FLA who one thought that was the only way.
His girlfriend wishes he could of done it safer.
Are you proposing that updated methods and
attitudes do not contribute to divers
surviving diving such sites? I was one of the
past divers who used to dive the way the
'old times' did in the 60's and 70's - and on
this very same site. The difference is that I
smartened up and weighed the advantages to the
risks in changing my skill application to diving.
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